Nigeria launches mosquito control programme

Margaret Akolo, Abuja

A new mosquito control and liquid waste management programme has been launched in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

The Federal Ministry Of Environment, Federal Ministry of Health with a Non-Governmental Organisation, ANDALSTA Limited launched the programme.

The three bodies are convinced that a holistic approach like keeping healthy environment, disposal of solid waste and clearing bushes around residential areas will help to keep mosquitoes away from people.

Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril said maintaining personal hygiene will save expectant mothers and children a great deal from malaria, an ailment that has caused numerous deaths not just in Nigeria but in Africa.  

“This present administration views identification of mosquito vector as key in achieving his mandate in preventing healthcare delivery it is against  this background that the programme re-launch will be private sector driven while government will provide enable environment for its implementation,” he said.

Delivering a Keynote Address at the re-launch in Abuja, Managing Director ANDELSTA Group, Mr Fintan Ibeshi said “the group recognises that for there to be any success on the war against mosquito, access to clean water and sanitation for all cannot be achieved by the public sector alone without the involvement of the private sector.”

He said “constant advocacy and good campaign networks would be replicated in all states and local government of Nigeria.”

He called for the creation of a volunteer corps to be drawn from primary and tertiary levels in order to entrench a culture of discipline in waste management.

Mr Ibeshi added that a Decentralized Waste Water Treatment Systems  which is a liquid waste management initiative promoted by ANDELSTA in collaboration with Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association will be available and work with government to promote the concept of healthy living and healthy environment.

He added that the programme aims at providing solutions to primary, secondary and tertiary treatment for waste water and also provides biogas for coking, lighting and power generation.

The Nigerian government team up with these non governmental organisations to ensure the entire eradication of mosquitoes in Nigeria.