- The federal government has taken a giant leap toward the eradication of malaria in the country
- The minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, made the disclosure when hosting North Korea's Jon Tong Choi
- Onu, who noted that malaria is the number one cause of death in Africa, explained that it has caused the death of more people than HIV and Ebola
In its plan to eradicate the lingering presence of malaria across the country, the federal government has made a clear move to deploy nuclear technology to tackle the killer disease.
The minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, made the disclosure on Tuesday, January 22, when answering questions from ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Jon Tong Choi, in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.
In order to achieve this aim, the minister stressed that there would be a strong partnership between Nigeria and North Korea towards nuclear technology as this would sterilize the reproductive ability of anopheles mosquitoes, which is the vector carrier of the disease.
Onu, who noted that malaria is the number one cause of death among Africans, also explained that it has caused the death of more people than HIV and Ebola.
He further disclosed that malaria has a grave effect on the economy as it is capable of reducing productivity of the workforce.
Responding to Onu, Ambassador Choi said North Korea would be willing to partner with Nigeria in developing science and technology through exchange of researchers from research institutes of both countries.
Choi, who noted that science and technology is an important asset of both country, added that the case of malaria would become a thing of the past in Nigeria.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the 2018 world malaria report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) had revealed that not less than 25% cases of malaria were recorded in Nigeria alone in 2017.
The report also added that 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and India bore 80% of the global malaria burden.
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