Published On: Thu, Apr 28th, 2016

Environmentalists advocate preventive methods to curb malaria spread

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By Ochiaka Ugwu

A coalition of environmental professionals in Abuja, under the aegis of Association of Registered Pests Control Companies in Nigeria, have called on the Federal Government, to seek preventive solutions, through pest control, in its quest to mitigate the spread of malaria and other avoidable diseases.

Speaking at a rally to commemorate the world malaria day, which held under the theme “End Malaria, for Good” The chairman of the group Prince Sam Gbadebo, said” To achieve it, there must be a paradigm shift, a change from the neglect of controlling the mosquitoes and other vectors. To actualize this goal, we must equally give attention to vector management. Sanitation of our environment and vector control are more important than anything else in the solution to malaria.”

Gbadebo noted that, “For too long, millions of dollars have being spent on the purchase of malaria drugs, mosquito nets and disease control centres, there have been much effort on curative measures, government have neglected the pest control industry. Now is the time to go back to the basics.”

Also speaking at the event Terungwa Abari, of Orkin an International brand in pest control said in line with this year’s theme. It is time for us as a people to seek lasting solutions to these avoidable diseases, and pest control is the way to go towards achieving a friendly and disease free environment.

 

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