UAM says malaria as a killer-disease is unacceptable because it is preventable

The Nigeria Football Federation, on Wednesday, disclosed its collaboration with SuNMap (Support to National Malaria Programme) to battle malaria in the country.

The NFF President, Aminu Maigari, stated this in Abuja at a meeting with representatives of the programme.

According to him, the football-governing body was open to collaboration with such movements and action programmes for noble causes.

?Your campaign is a welcome development, and the Nigeria Football Federation is happy to collaborate with you. We?re fully behind every effort that will battle this killer disease called malaria. We will not only afford you some pitch panels for your campaign at our African Nations Cup and World Cup qualifying matches, we will be ready to allow you access to some of our star players and coaches for your campaign,? said Maigari.

Earlier, Anna McCartney-Melstad, Manager  of United Against Malaria (South Africa), lauded the NFF President and his management team for the opportunity to brief them, noting that malaria is the biggest killer of under-aged kids in the African continent.

?Already, we are working with the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which has chosen United Against Malaria as the social issue for the 2013 African Cup of Nations finals in South Africa. We?re active in 20 African countries and Nigeria is very, very important for us to partner with,” she said.

?Malaria as a big killer-disease is unacceptable because it is preventable. We?re involved in change communication campaign to combat it. We will need to work with some of your players and coaches once you qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations finals.?

Maigari, who was in company of NFF General Secretary Musa Amadu and Chief Media Officer Ademola Olajire, said that the Federation would work with the campaign to battle the scourge.

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