In order to eliminate malaria in the society, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has identified the strategy for tackling malaria disease by using research as the tool for malaria control.
Speaking recently in Lagos at a seminar organised by the Ministry of Health with the theme: “Building A Research Culture As a Tool for Malaria Control and Elimination,” the commissioner said that the need to achieve health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) call for greater commitment and innovative research for achieving sustainable health MDGs.
Besides, he has advised the expectant mothers to always visit antenatal clinic regularly.
At a press briefing to launch Maternal and Child Mortality Reduction Programme, Idris noted that the maternal and neonatal mortality constitute major national public health concerns in the health sector.
He noted that in 2008, the Lagos State Malaria Research, Technical and Advisory Committee (LASMARTAC) was inaugurated with some specialists drawn from teaching hospitals, research institutions, College of Medicine and development partners to identify the strategies for tackling malaria by using research as the tool for malaria elimination.
He explained that some of the research conducted has brought out findings, which have been used to guide policy decisions and programme designs against malaria.
He said: “The importance of health research in identifying problems, developing effective interventions and policy formulation through empowering communities is germane to our developmental efforts.”
He noted that malaria remains the most persistent disease in the state adding that the deaths of over one million children and pregnant women annually have been attributed to malaria disease.