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House of Representatives Committee Chairman Advocates for Free Distribution of Malaria Drugs

Mr. Amobi Ogar, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Control, is championing the cause for free distribution of malaria drugs in Nigeria. Addressing the inaugural committee meeting at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, Ogar expressed deep concern about the devastating impact of malaria on the population.

Ogar, a dedicated advocate for improved healthcare, called for urgent action in the face of the alarming rate of malaria infections in the country. He went as far as suggesting that a state of emergency should be declared to combat this mosquito-borne infectious disease effectively.

“We are committed to pushing for the subsidization, if not the complete cost-free distribution of malaria drugs at all Government Health Centers,” Ogar asserted. “It’s evident that a significant portion of Nigerians are affected by malaria, yet access to affordable drugs is limited, and the available options are exorbitant. My vision is to witness a Nigeria where malaria drugs are readily provided to our people either for free or at a reduced cost.”

The legislator stressed the critical importance of addressing the proliferation of counterfeit and sub-standard malaria drugs within Nigeria. He pledged to identify the sources of these fraudulent drugs and impose stringent penalties on those responsible.

“As the representatives of the people, it is our duty to safeguard their well-being. Producers and distributors of counterfeit and sub-standard malaria drugs will find no refuge under our vigilant watch,” Ogar affirmed.

He further expressed his readiness to collaborate with relevant government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs), donor agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to achieve the overarching goal of providing accessible and affordable malaria treatment to all Nigerians.

In addition to his advocacy for free malaria drugs, Ogar emphasized the need to revamp strategies in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. He underscored the importance of forging new collaborations and partnerships to overcome past failures and make a more substantial impact.

“We must actively seek fresh collaborations and partnerships to reinvigorate the fight against these diseases. Our oversight role on the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), the core agency of the Committee, must be both strategic and robust to ensure they fulfill their responsibilities effectively,” Ogar explained.

He also highlighted the committee’s commitment to closely scrutinizing the operations and mechanisms of the Global Fund concerning its interventions in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

As Mr. Amobi Ogar continues to advocate for free malaria drugs and improved healthcare in Nigeria, it is clear that his leadership aims to bring about positive change in the country’s fight against these devastating diseases.

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