Kwara has reduced malaria prevalence to below the national average — Abdulrazaq

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By infusing more than N150 million into the state’s Malaria Elimination Programme, Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq claims his administration has lowered malaria prevalence to below the national average.
This, he said, has bolstered “Malaria Free Kwara activities” and raised the state’s ranking in the National Malaria Elimination Program.

The governor spoke at a book distribution in Ilorin, the state capital, to observe World Malaria Day 2022, which was organised by his wife, Olufolake.

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According to the World Malaria Report 2021, focused investment in the health and environment sectors in the state has resulted in a 7% decline in malaria prevalence, which is lower than the national average of 23%.

With the strategic efforts by the First Lady to promote the extremely instructive and educative book, End Malaria, the governor, represented by his Deputy, Kayode Alabi, said the state is moving closer to eliminating malaria.

He praised the author, Funmilayo Braithwaite, members of the Ajike People Support Centre, and malaria partners for their shared aim of eliminating malaria and aligning with the government’s agenda of building a better Kwara.

Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRazaq, the governor’s wife, praised the state government’s commitment to eliminating malaria as a public health concern in the state through the launch of the Malaria Free Kwara Initiative.

She urged key stakeholders to collaborate together with development partners to eradicate the disease while also helping to accomplish other Sustainable Development Goals.

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The author expressed gratitude to the Kwara State Government for recognising and supporting her work in the fight against malaria.

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