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FMST TO PARTNER WITH NED NWOKO FOUNDATION TO ERADICATE MALARIA

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The Hon. Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mohammed H. Abdullahi, has called on African countries to unite in ensuring African Problems and challenges are confronted strictly to get solutions.

Mohammed H. Abdullahi made the call when the Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation visited his office on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Minister stated that when COVID-19 challenge came on board, countries globally came together to proffer immediate solutions towards curving the spread of the pandemic, and within a span of seven to eight months, a vaccine was produced.

In his words, “Africa should channel its energy, in research and development findings towards its efforts in finding sustainable solutions to eradicate malaria in Africa”.

He therefore tasks the Nigerian researchers and scientists to look inward towards providing possible solutions to eradicate malaria in Nigeria.

The Minister disclosed that one of the Agency of the ministry, National Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research (NITR) is on its efforts in finding a solution to eradicate tsetse fly in Nigeria. He added that the agency is trying to expand its objectives to align with their R&D efforts toward having a vaccine for malaria in the country.

Mohammed H. Abdullahi further assured that the ministry will partner with the foundation to see how opportunities will be explored for having vaccines that can help solve the disease that is bedeviling the country.

On the issue of production on waste management recycling and fumigation effort across the country, the Minister said, all can be considered and be modified to suit the circumstances we have in the country.

He therefore commends the passion of the Ned Nwoko’s foundation in their efforts to unite Africans in confronting the scratch against the deadly disease.

Speaking earlier, the founder of the foundation, Barrister. Ned Nwoko said that the purpose of their visit is to partner with the ministry in finding solutions to malaria scourge in the country.

Maryam Zakari

Press Secretary (HMOS)

For: Press & Public Relations

25th February,2021

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