All Nigerians must proactively get involved in the fight against malaria by cleaning their environment and getting rid of stagnant water where mosquitoes breeds, President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa has said.
Speaking with newsman during a press conference organised by the PSN in collaboration with the PSN Young Pharmacy Group (YPG) to commemorate the 2019 World Malaria Day, held at the PSN office in Anthony, Lagos on Friday, Mazi Ohuabunwa said that all Nigerians must take environmental cleanliness serious for the nation to eradicate malaria.
The PSN helmsman stated further that there must be concerted effort to cover up gutters in residential areas and ensure there are no grown weeds in the environment, noting that the nation can potentially stop the transmission of malaria parasite by mosquito if it find ways to interrupt three mosquito life cycles.
“A converted effort is required to achieve this, so we call local government authorities to coordinate and implement an environmental policy to achieve this,” Ohuabunwa said.
He also called on other health professionals to ensure quick and effective response to save lives especially in at risk populations of children under five years and pregnant women, stressing that a combination of disruptive breeding and elimination of parasite from system and provision of effective treatment has proven to lead to zero malaria.
The PSN president also urged policy makers including the Federal Ministry of Health to strengthen National Malaria Surveillance by incorporating reports from pharmacists operating in community settings, adding that evidence has showed that most patients visit their community pharmacist first when they suspect malaria.