The Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has said that the possibility of eliminating malaria in the country by 2020 is based on the active participation of the private sector.
Dangote said this during the Private Sector Engagement Strategy against Malaria launched by the Dangote Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Health, in Lagos on Monday.
Dangote said that the private sector could play vital role in mobilising domestic resources, capabilities, innovation and advocacy platforms geared toward catalysing progress in achieving the country’s malaria pre-elimination agenda.
He explained that the country’s transition from malaria control to elimination necessitated a compelling opportunity for public private partnerships to reduce malaria.
The business mogul said that in his bid to drive the malaria elimination campaign, he co-founded the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria with its Board to focus on malaria.
Dangote emphasised his continued to support and advocacy against malaria elimination, reiterating that he recently accepted an invitation from Bill Gates and Ray Chambers to join them on the End Malaria Council.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said that collaboration between government and the private sector is imperative to produce malaria medications locally.
“We need discipline and efficiency in the local production of the medicine because that can generate employment in the country.”
The minister, however, added that over 100 million Long Lasting Treated Nets were distributed in the last seven years to protect over 28 million of 33 million households in the country.
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