Seeks reversal from curative to preventive measures
The Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON), on Sunday, called for more government policies toward eradication of the malaria pandemic in the country.
Speaking in Benin, Edo State, EHORECON’s Registrar, Augustine Ebisike, said government needed to change its policy thrust in its quest to eradicate the malaria and other prevalent diseases.
Ebisike said that government should reverse its policy thrust from curative measures to the preventive concept which was in place in the early 60’s and 70’s.
He said that government should encourage the use of sanitary inspectors as was in the 70’s, rather than flood the country with Chinese drugs.
“The way we are tackling the issue of fighting malaria is different from the way we should be tackling the issues to get result; the best way is for government to employ more health officers and give them facilities to work with,” he said.
“They need to move from one village to another and enforce these laws that are still there. If we achieve that, we won’t only be rolling back mosquitoes or malaria, we will be rolling back cholera, Lassa Fever and other prevalent diseases across the nation. All these will go in one fell swoop, but unfortunately, people are not listening to us.”
According to him, the government believes that provision of drugs as anti-malaria and sharing same to all the communities would address the problem.
“No, it won’t. But when you turn around to say we should ensure that there should be no mosquitoes in all the local government areas. Let the gutters be clean,” the Registrar said.
“When we come out to say let there be no stagnant water and that we are going to keep every where clean. Nobody will clap for you. But that is the key that will work.”