The Coordinating Minister of Health, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate has reiterated the commitment of the Tinubu’s administration to crush malaria and its growing problem in Nigeria.
He regretted that the country currently bears 30 per cent of the global burden, with Kano State as epic centre of the killer communicable disease.
The minister spoke made this known on Thursday in Kano when he led a delegation of global health partners on a courtesy visit to the state government.
He said the zeal of the President Bola Tinubu government for a quality healthcare system had attracted intervention of foreign bodies, followed by a $2 billion grant to fight malaria, tuberculosis and Acquired immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the country.
Pate explained that the partners, including Global Fund; United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), have secured the Federal Government’s assurances to effectively tackle the three ailments across the federation.
The Minister went on to seek the political will of the Kano State government in the areas of counterpart funding and critical commitments to actualise the goal.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulanbo, said despite the threat of communicable diseases in the state, the government had shown sufficient capacity to manage the situation.
He urged Kano on the need for a digital health care system and proactiveness.
In his remarks, Governor Abba Kabiru said amid the huge population, he had, since his assumption of office, strengthened the health care system through rehabilitation of facilities, releases of counterpart funds and training of personnel.
He appealed to the partners to redouble their support for the realisation of the 2024 to 2026 agenda of the Global Fund via undertaking fresh manicure diagnoses.