The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) join forces with the Ned Nwoko Foundation in talks for the control of malaria in the country.
The programme was disclosed, on Tuesday in Abuja, when the Chairman of the Foundation, Prince Ned Nwoko paid a courtesy visit to the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his office at the National Directorate Headquarters in Abuja.
Nwoko, in a statement by Adenike Adeyemi, Director, Press and Public Relations, described malaria as endemic with about 500,000 deaths resulting from it annually, saying the Foundation was determined to tackle the disease in Africa, beginning with Nigeria.
He recommend for effective sensitization of the public on measures to control the high rate of malaria attack in Nigeria, especially the creation of clean environment that would not serve as procreation ground for mosquitoes
He said: “Research has revealed that malaria and mosquitoes are not natural to us: they can be eradicated. The first thing is to address the cause, mosquito, which breeds and multiplies in dirty environment.”
Ned Nwoko lamented the huge amounts of refuse dumped all over the country thereby posing great risks to health, and explained that the first strategy mapped out by the Foundation was to address the issue of sanitation, including effective waste management.
He revealed that the plan included the siting of a multi-functional waste recycling plant in each Local Government Area of the country to turn wastes into plastic products and paper as well as generate energy from same.
He added that the next step would be aerial and land fumigation across the country using chemicals that are harmless to humans with the aim of eliminating mosquitoes as well as maintain clean and healthy environment.