The acting U.S. Consul-General in Lagos, Mrs Dehab Ghebreab, on Friday said the U.S. Government would support the malaria prevention and control initiative in Nigeria with $73 million (about N11.3 billion).
Ghebreab said this at the launch of “Counterfeit Anti-Malaria Medication Awareness Campaign” in Lagos.
The consul-general said that the gesture was to assist Nigeria in malaria prevention and control.
“The U.S. Government realises that malaria is becoming a major public health problem in Nigeria, where it accounts for more cases and deaths than in other countries.
“There are an estimated 100 million malaria cases with over 300,000 deaths per year in Nigeria.
“Given its devastating impact on the lives of the people, the U.S. Government is, therefore, providing 73 million dollars to support the Nigerian Government’s initiative on malaria prevention and control,’’ she said.