Community attitude, superstitious beliefs hindering fight against Malaria in Osun

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The Civil Society for Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN), has alleged that the attitude of residents against CSO’s was responsible for the difficulty in eradicating malaria in Nigeria.

The CSO said the 2020 World Malaria Report indicates that Nigeria has the highest number of global malaria cases and accounted for the highest number of deaths.

Osun State Coordinator of ACOMIN, Aremu Stephen during a press briefing in Osogbo on Thursday disclosed that “ACOMIN has been re-engaged to continue “implementing the civil society component in eradicating malaria.

He reaffirmed its position on the prevention, treatment and mitigation of the impact of malaria, and the promotion of immunization and better nutrition in Nigeria.

In Osun State, the local government who are under ACOMIN are Olorunda, Egbedore, Boluwaduro, Iwo, Ejigbo, Ilesha West, Obokun and Irepodun.

However, the Coordinator of the project in Osun listed superstitious beliefs, increased difficulty in accessing hard-to-reach communities due to insecurity affecting many parts of the country and drug-resistant malaria parasites as some of the factors against malaria elimination programs.

He continued, “Approaching the fight against malaria through community-centred initiatives – such as the Community-led Monitoring project being implemented by ACOMIN – brings many advantages, tackling challenges by identifying and addressing the root cause of failed interventions; and enhanced accountability among others,” he said.

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