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The group’s president, Mr Gafar Odubote made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ahead of the World Malaria Day.

He said as part of the commemoration of the World Malaria day, JCI Eko in collaboration with Let’s Do It Nigeria, an environmental NGO, will be organising an anti-malaria intervention at Wasimi, Maryland Lagos.

“There is a community we located in Maryland area of Lagos state called Wasimi. It is more or less a ghetto.

“From data we gathered from a recent visit to the community given to us by the community health centre, we discovered that there is a high prevalence of malaria parasite among women and children.

“Hence we saw the need for a sensitisation on ways to prevent the prevalence of the disease in the community.

“The most important aspect of this intervention is the education of the residents on ways to prevent the prevalence of the disease.

“We intend to give the residents some mosquito nets but we are not placing emphasis on it because preventing malaria goes beyond providing mosquito nets.

“People are protected with the bed nets only when they sleep but an unclean environment genders the prevalence of the disease in the community.

“What we intend to do tomorrow is to educate the people on ways to prevent malaria, especially through a clean and healthy environment,” he said.

Odubote said that the intervention had a three sided approach and the aim was to reduce mortality rate due to malaria prevalence.

“Our intervention in the community on World Malaria Day has a three-pronged approach. We will start with sensitising them on the prevention aspect.

“We will first organise a clean-up of the environment and mobilise the residents to join us, afterwards invite the community centre for a sensitisation talk on malaria prevention.

“Finally, we will have on ground some malaria test kits and some medical practitioners to test for malaria among the children and mothers. We will then administer malaria drugs to those with the parasite.

“We will be working in collaboration with the Wasimi Community Health centre and the Lets Do It Nigeria volunteers for the intervention tomorrow.

“What we want to achieve is for Nigerians to be more aware of malaria disease, especially also sensitise mothers on prevention of this disease.

“We also want to change the narrative of self-medication when treating malaria; we want these people to go to the primary health centres around them.

“We generally want the mortality rate due to malaria parasite to drop drastically in the country,” Odubote said.

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