Nigeria sets up Committee on Malaria Elimination

Nigerian federal government has set up a committee to work out a comprehensive formula to eliminate malaria from the country.

The committee, headed by Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River state is expected to provide the formula for sharing the N72 Billion needed to eliminate malaria under the Integrated Test, Treat, Cure And Larva (ITTCL)

Other members of the committee are the Governors of Taraba, Kogi, Ondo, Abia, Rivers and Katsina states.

Minister of Health and minister of Finance as well as the Central Bank Governor and the Chief Economic Adviser to the President are also members while National Planning will serve as Secretariat.

The committee was set up today at the National Economic Council meeting at the Presidential Aso Villa, Abuja. The meeting was presided over by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo.

In the meantime, it was established that the ITTCL project will cost Nigeria about N72billion to execute, for the attainment of the targets.

The idea is for the states to buy-in into the funding of the project, as proposed by Federal Executive Council, without borrowing.

The initial sharing formula amongst the three tiers of government is 50 percent by the federal government, and 50 percent to be shared by states and local government councils.

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