As the World marked 2023 Malaria Day held yesterday, the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to focus more on domestic financing and local production of drugs to contain the disease. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, spokesperson of the House of Representatives in a statement, regretted that the ailment remains a significant public health challenge, with an estimated 97 million cases and 300,000 deaths yearly. While acknowledging that progress has been made in reducing the burden of the sickness, he added that more work is still needed to eliminate it. Kalu argued that the key areas of the challenge have been issues of donor dependence for malaria intervention in the country. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has certified that over 1.6 billion cases and 11 million deaths were averted in African Region from 2000 to 2021.

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