Anambra Assembly charged to make laws for state ownership of malaria control project
The Anambra State Chairman, Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria, (HERFON), Mr Henry Onyekwulu has charged lawmakers in the state to make laws that will enable government take ownership of malaria control projects.
Onyekwulu spoke shortly presenting a proposal for 25 percent of health budget for malaria control.
The request, he said, was needful as the donor agency sponsoring the malaria control project prepares to hand over to the state government in June 2014.
He said that the state and the local government contribution to malaria control had been very insignificant, and that a legislation for government to take full ownership of the project will help the fight.
“What happens as these donor partners leaves this year? Shall we all die when malaria bounces back, what about our children and mothers, there is need for this ownership”, he said.
He observed that malaria control situation in Anambra was donor/developmental partner driven, adding that Support to National Malaria Programme (SUNMAP)–DFID-UK aid and World Bank have been in charge since 2009.
According to him, the progress in malaria control from 2009 till date was credited to SUNMAP/ and World Bank, adding that mass distribution of LLINs and training of Health workers in malaria control was its credit.
Onyekwulu advocated that adequate annual budget for malaria control programme in the state should be made to sustain gains already made in malaria control and to ensure a malaria free state.
Responding, the Chairman Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Dr Emeka Anaebonam commended the group for its efforts in ensuring that the work done on malaria do not go in vain and assured that the committee would look into the request.
Anaebonam said that efforts would be directed towards the success of malaria eradication in the state.
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