To ensure that the fight against malaria, HIV/Aids, and tuberculosis is strengthened, the House of Representatives Committee on HIV, Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has promised to make the necessary changes to existing laws.
This was said by Amobi Ogah, the chairman of the committee, during a press conference on Monday in Abuja.
He stated that the committee will collaborate with appropriate parties to strengthen the battle against tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and malaria as well as to make sure that funds allocated in the budget are used for their intended purposes.
“The House Committee on HIV, AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Control is not unmindful of the challenges faced by Nigerians in the fight against these ailments, especially the control of Malaria in the country, which appears to contaminate solutions,” Ogah stated.
The committee’s chairman promised that it would work diligently in accordance with the 10th legislative agenda to ensure that the people received the benefits of democracy and that it would work with the current administration to combat HIV, AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Ogah emphasized that the group was prepared to get started right away given the immense task that lay ahead.
According to the World Health Organization, four African nations account for slightly more than half of all malaria-related deaths globally, with Nigeria topping the list with 31.3%, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 12.6%, Tanzania (4.1%), and Niger (3.9%).
Ogah claimed to be aware of the fact that all nations with endemic malaria, including Nigeria, are given a technical framework under the WHO Global technical plan for malaria 2016–2030, which was updated in 2021.
He continued by saying that the paper was meant to help and guide national and regional efforts to control and eradicate malaria.
The Chairman emphasized: “We will also assure proper execution of legislation aimed at the country’s malaria eradication.
We would seek to make the necessary amendments to current laws if they are not sufficient for the general welfare of Nigerians.
In order to do this, we will collaborate with all Ministries, Departments, and Parastatals. We also want to know how much awareness and sensitization have been generated in Nigeria.
The National Orientation agency, NAFDAC, NCDC, and the Ministry of Health, among others, would also be included in the scope, according to Ogah.
He emphasized that the Green Chamber would endeavor to improve the nation’s battle against HIV/AIDS and also make sure that the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is given the resources it needs through funding and enabling laws to carry out its purpose.