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By Dennis Essang, Port Harcourt

Rivers state deputy governor, Dr lpalibo Harry Banigo, says all hands must be on desk to tackle the malaria scourge in Africa.

Banigo stated this in a goodwill message from the Government House in Port Harcourt over the weekend to commemorate the 2021 World Malaria Day.

According to her, malaria was preventable if we all take responsibility to keep our environment clean, get rid of stagnant water which is the breeding ground for mosquitoes, ensure we sleep under insecticide treated nets and take the right medication when we fall ill

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Banigo said that, under the watch of Governor Wike, the prevalence rate of malaria in the state had reduced drastically to 11%, noting that this was way below the national prevalence rate of 23%.

The deputy governor who attributed the success story to the state government’s deliberate efforts to upgrade health facilities for better treatment of malaria as well as the provision of equipment to ensure prompt testing before treatment, as stipulated by National malaria Guidelines.

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She said Rivers state is the 5th best state in the country in malaria control, disclosed that since the inception of the present administration the state has continued to make progress in malaria prevention and control, noting that in 2016, Rivers state was the best performing state, south south in the Annual Program Managers Review Meeting.

The number two citizen of the state equally said the investiture of Governor Wike as grand Ambassador of malaria elimination in 2018, as well as the recognition of the state in 2018 World Malaria Day Commemoration speaks volumes.

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It would be recalled that the 25th of April each year is set aside to commemorate the world malaria Day.

The Theme for 2021 World Malaria Day is “Zero Malaria Day the line against malaria.”

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