Moji Makanjuola is the ED/ CEO, International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH)
It is World Malaria Day again, even as the world grapple with COVID-19. COVID-19 has taken a centre stage, with the world’s full attention on it. However, other diseases will neither go on recess nor vacation, so we still have both communicable diseases (CDs)and non communicable diseases (NCDs) to contend with. This is why we still have formidable malaria around even with the global emergency- this pandemic. More than ever before,every health worker and indeed all of us within the Malaria belt ,is at greater risk of being doubly jeopardized.
The World Malaria Day theme is ‘Zero Malaria starts with me’ this underscores our need to beat malaria, to avoid the additional dangers posed to those health and non health workers. The time to act to end malaria is now. Zero tolerance to Malaria should begin with each and everyone of us. COVID-19 rides on pre-existing conditions to advance global notoriety for higher delivery of deadly impact. Meanwhile, Malaria is a risk for 97% of the Nigerian Population, with an estimation of 100 million of malaria cases and over 300,000 deaths annually.
Let us therefore keep Malaria in view as we combat Corona Virus and its deadly evil gifts-COVID-19. Let’s keep washing our Hands, let’s not touch our Mouth, Eyes and Nose, let’s cough elegantly into our Elbows, let’s keep our Environment clean to stop breeding mosquitoes that cause malaria, let’s pace out socially by 2 Metres. Zero Tolerance To Malaria.
Moji Makanjuola MFR
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