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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – An NGO, Women-for-Women, on Sunday, embarked on sensitization campaign on prevention against mosquito bites and other environmental related diseases among the Almajirai and destitute in Kaduna state.
Chairperson of the NGO, Hajiya Maryam Abubakar, said the campaign is an effort to educate this group of Nigerians on the dangers associated with mosquito bites and other environmental pests and diseases which include climate change, so as to protect themselves.
According to her, malaria remains a major public health problem in Nigeria and sources of deaths and illness in children and adults, especially pregnant women.
She explained that malaria is caused by the parasite, Plasmodium and humans are infected through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
She said that Sub-saharan Africa continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden
Maryam who is also the Medical Director of Fatimah Clinic in Kaduna said, we must join hands to support the fight against malaria in Nigeria, adding that children have a role to play in reducing the spread of the disease.
“As soon as a human is bitten by an infected mosquito, the parasites reproduce in the host’s liver before infecting and destroying the red blood cells.
“The fight against mosquitoes involves an extensive understanding of where they breed, when and at what time they feed, how they locate their hosts and where they rest just to mention a few, in order to design and direct the right control measures at the right time to achieve maximum protection to people.
“Annually, hundreds of women and children die due to mosquito bites, and other environmental problems, and this is contributing to maternal mortality across the country.
“As a result of the global campaign and intervention by UNICEF, WHO, Governments and NGOs, mosquito population have reduced tremendously over the years with consequent reductions in pathogens they transmit and several lives have been saved and improved ” she said.
Also speaking, Director of African Climate Reporters, Comrade Mohammed Zakariyya, said sensitizing the children will help in combatting malaria in the state.
He called on the Ministry of Environment to doubled up efforts in the fight against environmental degradation, saying malaria remains a major public health problem in the country.
This is coming as the world marks 2018 world mosquito day, which is aimed at raising awareness.