Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu has said the war against malaria must be won.

He spoke at a programme by Reckitt Benckiser to mark this year’s World Malaria Day in Umuahia, Abia State.

Managing Director, Reckitt Benckiser, Rahul Morgai, said the company was committed to the fight against malaria in Nigeria.

He said: “If according to the World Health Organisation, malaria still kills 3,000 children under the age of five every day and one African child still dies every 30 seconds while sub-Saharan Africa bears 90 per cent of the burden, then we all must rise to the occasion and put an end to malaria in Nigeria.

“We believe the larger cause can be addressed if only we reach the masses through scaled awareness creation and education. Our approach therefore will not be a silver bullet approach. After today’s celebration, we have committed to supporting the Abia State Government on the Roll Back Malaria initiative by ensuring that the message of this campaign can be taken to hospitals in the crooks and crannies of Abia State.”

Chukwu urged Mortein to help spread the message of the campaign against malaria.

The minister said: “I encourage us all to strive towards effective leadership and partnership, which I believe will give us the needed leverage to free Nigeria and indeed Africa of malaria. I call on everyone to play an active part in this fight because together, we can have a malaria free Nigeria.”