Pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Fidson Healthcare Plc, has called on all Nigerians to embark on nationwide preventive actions against the threat of malaria.
This call was made during the community health outreach event held at Odonla Primary Healthcare Centre, Lagos, as part of the company’s activities to increase awareness and promote advocacy against malaria in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the Marketing Manager, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Mr. Friday Enaholo, advised Nigerians to fight malaria by preventing infection through the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying.
He also identified improved sanitation and avoidance of stagnant water as other veritable means of controlling malaria.
Enaholo expressed concerns about malaria scourge in Nigeria, citing the 2015 Nigeria Malaria Indicator Survey reports on statistics credited to the National Malaria Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health.
The statistics estimated that about 110 million clinically diagnosed cases of malaria and nearly 300,000 malaria-related childhood deaths occur each year.
The report also indicated that in Nigeria, malaria is responsible for approximately 60 percent of outpatient visits, 30 percent of admissions, and is also believed to contribute up to 11 percent of maternal mortality, 25 percent of infant mortality, and 30 percent of under-five mortality.
He further explained that as a leading pharmaceutical company, Fidson is committed to the fight against malaria in Nigeria, primarily through the several enlightenment campaigns in communities as well as the provision and distribution of high-quality antimalarial drugs at affordable prices.
“We are aware that there is a direct link between poverty and incidence of malaria. Therefore, the cost of therapy must be affordable for patients to reduce the economic burden of malaria on them. This is one major role that we play as a company,” a press release signed by Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Sylvester Iriogbe, quoted him as saying.
Also speaking at the event, Product Manager, Antimalarial, Mr. Adesoji Fasanya, said the World Health Organisation’s report on malaria in Nigeria is very alarming, as it shows that Nigeria has the largest volume of malaria cases recorded in any single country globally.
Fasanya further said that a bigger concern is the fact that malaria is preventable, but most people, especially those living in rural or semi-urban areas of developing countries, don’t even know how to prevent it.
“This is why, as a responsible indigenous pharmaceutical company, we are actively participating in this global campaign by enlightening Nigerians, through all possible communication channels, on how they can prevent the spread of malaria,” he said.
Fasanya added that the company also ensures increased advocacy on behalf of the low-income earners.
“We are always talking about malaria prevention and control as well as an increase in awareness of the disease. To that extent, we partner with various stakeholders in the healthcare sector in this respect.
“Malaria is a preventable disease. We therefore need to stop losing lives to this disease. People need to be aware of how to reduce the chances of a vector bite. That alone is a major step in combating malaria.”
He advised Nigerians to make deliberate and preventive efforts by keeping their environment clean, removing stagnant water from their environment, consistently using long lasting insecticide treated nets and proper diagnosis before treatment.