Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has expressed his administration’s determination to tackle and eradicate malaria from the state.
He said the state will partner the Federal Ministry of Health, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and foreign organisations to eliminate the disease.
Amaechi, who spoke during the first ECOWAS Town Hall meeting on malaria elimination and ground breaking ceremony of a biolarvicide factory in the state, in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said: “We must invest in biolarvicides. We must go with the Federal Ministry of Health, the ECOWAS and the Cubans to invest in the biolarvicides.
“We must also invest in indoor spraying. Since we have the target of 2015, we must ensure that by the end of next year, we should have either eradicated malaria or reduced it to the barest minimum.
“We achieved two things with the construction of the biolarvicide factory. First, it is commercial, we will get back our money. We will get the other states to buy from us. We also need ECOWAS to bring their part of the money.”
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