Participants at a forum organised by ECOWAS have recommended strengthening of the integrated war against malaria in the sub-region.
The participants suggested a coordinated strategy to combat malaria through prevention, treatment and health promotion.
A statement on Friday by the commission’s spokesman, Mr Sunny Ugoh, said that the recommendation was made in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at a sensitisation workshop.
It said that the meeting was to herald the application of biolarvicides on May 28 to mark the ECOWAS day.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that biolarvicides, the vector control strategy, has been used successfully in South America to combat malaria.
According to the World Health Organisation, vector control is the only intervention which can reduce malaria transmission from high to zero level
The statement said that the meeting also called for the organisation of national conferences to harmonise and deepen public knowledge before the beginning of the application.
It also advocated effective sensitisation for attitudinal change, the collaboration of religious and traditional leaders, the media and the private sector to support the anti-malaria campaign.
According to the statement, the meeting also calls for a roadmap for the mobilisation of national armed forces and the establishment of a network of regional parliamentarians behind the campaign.
The ECOWAS campaign, it said, was anchored on the strengthening of the vector control strategy and sensitisation of communities to keep their environments clean.
It said that the armed forces would be involved in the application of biolarvicides to make the region malaria free. (NAN)