State to get 20 malaria treatment centres
CITING the socio-economic burden of malaria in Lagos Mega City, a consortium of private organisations has disclosed plans to build 20 malaria treatment dedicated centres in Lagos.
The private sector initiative, under the aegis of (WDI) in collaboration with Locke International, is designed to treat malaria diseases for free and champion preventive measures in each of the Lagos local councils.
WDI founder, Gboyega Fatimilehin, told The Guardian that the pilot phase of the 20-centre initiative was nearing completion at Diamond Estate, Isheri, Lagos. And this will serve as model for other 19 centres.
Fatimilehin, who spoke at the WDI medical mission in Alimoso community to commemorate this year’s World Malaria Day, noted that the initiative is part of the concerted effort needed to eliminate the killer disease and its severe socio-economic burden on Nigerians.
He observed that there were pockets of efforts to raise awareness and treat malaria, which still prove inadequate because mosquitoes and attendant malaria know no seasons or territory.
As an alternative he said: “If we have malaria centres all over the place, that is basically funded to prevent the growth of the malaria parasite carrying mosquito as well as keep the environment clean, we will substantially reduce the scourge of malaria, which has, to a large extent, kill our productivity and make it lower than the average in the world.”
According to him, a place like Singapore that is of the same level as Nigeria also has malaria burden. But they already have in place an aggressive mosquito control. You cannot keep a receptacle even on a building site. If you do it, every two weeks they inspect and fine you for it. If you don’t mow your garden, they mow it for you and bill you.
“We appreciate that Singapore is a small city-state and they can do all of that, but we can do it by multiplication of issues and creating awareness of this scourge. If we are able to reduce the burden of malaria, our productivity and prosperity will increase,” he said.
Besides the centres, Fatimilehin urged government to also collaborate with research institutions in the country to ensure that Nigeria is more effective in the control of malaria.
Director WDI, Omobola Lana, said the medical mission, the second edition in Alimoso, was to treat residents for minor ailments and raise awareness on the importance of regular health check.
About 250 people benefited from medical examinations for hypertension, diabetes, malaria, HIV/AIDS screening, mosquito treated nets and drugs given for free.
The choice of Alimoso, Lana said, was because of its huge population and from there, design a model for future outreach in other local councils.