In a bid to rid off malaria in the federation, the Nigeria Inter-faith Action Association (NIFA), Nigeria Malaria Control Boaster Project has organized a one day state intervention, sensitization, mobilization campaign against malaria and Polio disease.
Speaking at the ceremony Bishop Sunday Onuoha, executive director of NIFA disclosed that the ceremony was geared towards fighting against enemies of mankind as was agreed to kick out the disease, in the past, noting that there is need to rid off mosquitoes and other agents that cause malaria and polio in our bodies. He advise Nigerians to inculcate the habit of using interface to tackle these enemies of human kind.
According to him, we must fight against these enemies, we must agree with all Nigerians to go home and mobilize them against these enemies both in the churches, schools and organization.
The executive director who recalled effort by the states and federal government to tackle malaria, commended them in their gesture assuring that the association would not relent in its crusade against the scourge.
In his speech, the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker who noted that the state government was determined to fight against malaria and polio in the state also recalled efforts made by the state government to prevent the diseases such as building of health centres across the 23 LGAs of Rivers State, provision of mosquito nets to pregnant women and mothers for the prevention of mosquitoes, embarking on law by the Rivers State Ministry of Environment to prosecute those who refuse to keep their environment clean, in preventing malaria and other diseases.
Dr. Sampson Parker who was represented by Dr. Okujagu a director in the ministry noted that there is no organization that can work effectively without alliance with others, assuring the Ministry of Health’s readiness to partner with the association to fight against malaria and polio in the state and enjoined the public to support them by sensitizing their people.
In his speech the representative of the Minister of Health noted that Nigeria was one of the countries of the world that were in the front burner in the fight against polio and malaria.
He recalled that the Federal Ministry of Health has shared handbills and other preventive measures have been taken to eradicate polio in the nation, stressing that the ministry was desirous to fight against the scourge.
In their separate speeches, Rev. Mrs. Tamuno Boma, a faith leader representing state Islamic leaders, representative of Christian Association of Nigeria Rivers, Rep of National Controller of Malaria and other faith leaders across the LGAs who spoke at the ceremony, while commending the members of the association for organizing the programme advised Nigerians to take the issue of malaria seriously, stressing that if they relent on the matter it could wipe out the whole nation one day.
They assured the association of their support by sensitizing their people at the grassroot across the LGAs of the state.
Highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of project objective and documentary by the NIFA National Programme Manager. ###