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The Association of Civil Society Organisations for Malaria, Immunisation and Nutrition, ACOMIN, has called on the Niger state government to increase its budgetary allocation for malaria intervention programmes in the state.

Kolajaiye Olasunkanmi, the State Coordinator of ACOMIN made the call on Monday in Minna while briefing newsmen on some of their activities in the state.

Mr Olasunkanmi said that the measure would go a long way towards tackling the menace of malaria in the state and the country in general.

“We want to use this medium to call on the Niger state government to increase its budgetary allocation for malaria intervention and recruit more human resources for most of its health facilities.

“This will go a long way in tackling the issue of malaria in the state and the country at large,” he said.

He also advised Local Government Councils in the state to come up with budgetary allocations for malaria intervention programmes in order to take the campaign to the grassroots.

The Coordinator said that the group had resolved issues such as stock out of drugs and long lasting insecticide nets in some Primary Healthcare Centers, PHCs, in the state.

He also said that ACOMIN had resolved community conflict that was affecting uptake of health services in Global Funding supported health centers across the state.

Mr Olasunkanmi said that in spite of these achievements, ACOMIN was faced with challenges of inadequate funding by the state and local governments as well as insufficient health officials.

NAN

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