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Malaria-related deaths in Oyo state have dropped by 43 percent from 2012 to early 2018.

The Deputy Director, Public Health, Oyo state ministry of health, Dr. Taiwo Ladipo disclosed this at the 2019 World Malaria day celebration, organized by the ministry, in collaboration with Breakthrough Action Nigeria.

He commended the Oyo state government in achieving the reduction, saying it was as a result of its four-prong approach, which includes the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, malaria prophylaxis for pregnant women, and prompt and free malaria testing and treatment.

“Cumulatively by all these interventions, we are looking at a situation where we are reducing the severity as well as the prevalence of malaria in our environ.”

He assured that there are plans to distribute another 8 million mosquito nets by next year.

Also speaking, the coordinator, Breakthrough Action Nigeria, Mrs Toyin Afachung admonished that people should adjust to using mosquito nets and not give absurd excuses to avoid using it.

She reiterated the need to be tested and assured of having malaria before taking any form of medication to that effect, adding that not all fevers are malaria as it is usually assumed.

She pledged that the body will continually support the state government in creating awareness on malaria and how to prevent it, most especially among pregnant women and children below 5 years.

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