Nigeria needs N350b to fight malaria – Health minister

The Nigerian government requires a total of N350 billion to execute a rollback malaria programme in the year 2021, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire said.

The minister said this on Friday at a news conference ahead of the commemoration of World Malaria Day that comes up on Sunday, April 25.

Mr Ehanire said the total funds needed for the entire rollback maria program in the country is N1.89 million; adding that N350 million is what is required for 2021 alone.

The minister said the theme of this year’s malaria event – Zero Malaria: Draw the line against malaria – while the slogan is #StandUpTakeAction

The theme, according to the minister, is meant to empower communities across the country to be able to take ownership in preventing malaria and providing care to those in need.

The minister said the federal government of Nigeria does not have the resources to actualize the project due to tough impact of COVID-19 on the economy. He therefore for called for private sector support.

The Humanitarian Times can report that the N1.89 trillion which the minister said Nigeria needed to fight Maria, is about the 2008 budget of Nigeria as proposed by a former Nigerian president, Late Umaru Musa Yaradua in 2007. The former president had at that time proposed N1.98 trillion as the country’s budget for 2008.

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