Elder statesman, Mohammed Katsina has urged the government and all stakeholders to give priority to measures that will roll back malaria and other infectious diseases instead of investing huge resources in their treatment.
Katsina, who is the Chairman/CEO of Musharak Esteem Nigeria, gave the advice during an interview with our correspondent.
He decried the fact that resources have been spent on the acquisition of mosquito nets, treatment of malaria and other infectious diseases instead of tackling the root causes of these diseases.
According to him, the government should fumigate and decontaminate places of public health importance which will eliminate mosquitoes and prevent citizens from malaria infections.
He added that this strategy will be cheaper than the enormous spending on mosquito nets and the treatment of malaria by the government and citizens as well.
“The presence of mosquitoes is a menace to society. Basically, there are two things in cleaning an area: cleaning and decontamination. Disinfestation comes after infestation which means something that is not needed in a place pest.
“Here in Nigeria when you fall sick you get malaria treatment, you get mosquito nets. But we forget that when a person needs to ease himself at night it would require him to move from the mosquito net to the bathroom, thereby attracting mosquito bite which apparently means what we have been trying to avoid has happened. But imagine if there were no mosquitoes at all, what business would he have with malaria?
“We keep rolling back malaria, why don’t we roll back mosquitoes so that we don’t have it all. Mosquitos thrive between 6:15 pm to 8:45 pm, but we roll out our mosquito nets by 11:00 pm. This is the psyche they have put in us. Nobody wants to give priority to pest control, but there is the utmost priority for the latest malaria drugs.”
Katsina advised government and healthcare providers to focus on preventing citizens from getting sick which will be cheaper instead of spending so much on their treatment.
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