By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
Nigerians has been advised to imbibe the habit of maintaining clean environment, if the fight to eradicating malaria in the country is to become reality.
Pharmacist Samira Abubakar Umar made the assertion in a Lecture she delivered at the 2021 World Malaria Day Organised by Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Kaduna chapter on Monday.
Pharm Samira Abubakar Umar urged the public to prevent stagnant water in their environment by avoiding blockage of channels.
She said that disposing waste, mostly domestic at the appropriate dumping refuse points could help towards reducing mosquitoes in the environment.
According to her, maintaining clean environment, water receptacles which include empty containers both around the surroundings and in drainages should be frequently removed to prevent breeding sites for mosquitoes which often cause malaria.
“Stagnant water in drainages allows mosquitoes to breed which increases the risk of malaria in human beings.
“When waste is properly disposed and drainages are free of waste and without any blockage, malaria and other diseases will be prevented,” she said.
She added that aside keeping the environment clean, there is also barrier protection which is sleeping under insecticide treated nets.
“Insecticide treated net is important for both adults and children as this is another way by which malaria can be prevented,” she said.
In her remarks, Chairman of PSN In kaduna state, Pharm. Talatu Uwa Ebune said that malaria could be prevented if everyone keeps to basic hygiene principles both at homes and the environment.
She said the World Malaria Day was set aside to enlighten the public on its manace.
Pharm. Talatu Uwa Ebune said the theme of this year’s celebration is, “Zero Malaria starts with me” and Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Sub Theme is “Pharmacists stand against Malaria.”
She disclosed that over 500 people were tested and treated for malaria during the ceremony.
The PSN Chairman added that urgent action is needed to get the global response to malaria back on track and ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by the scourge.