Nigerian lawmakers want anti-malarial drugs to be free nationwide

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Nigerian senators have urged the federal government to make anti-malarial drugs to be free

According to the senators, the Federal Ministry of Health should procure effective anti-malarial drugs and supply them free of charge to all public health facilities across the country.

The resolution followed a motion moved by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on the upsurge in reported cases of malaria in Nigeria.

In addition to the call for free drugs, the lawmakers also urged the Federal Government to sensitize Nigerians on how to take appropriate and effective malaria preventive and treatment measures.

Moving the motion, Kwankwaso said in recent times the outbreak of malaria has exponentially increased particularly in northern Nigeria to an epidemic level.

In his response, Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki said the motion raised by Senator Kwankwaso was genuine and germane; stressing that the malaria issue could be addressed with the implementation of the 2014 National Health Act.

“We must also work ensure that the Appropriations Committee works to ensure that we meet the requirements of the National Health Act in the 2018 budget,” Saraki said.

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