FG To Recruit Youth Corpers (NYSC) As Anti-malaria Taskforce

Youth Corpers (NYSC) – The Federal Government is to engage the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members as advocates against malaria infection.
Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril, at the launch of National Mosquito Control and Liquid Waste Management Programme, yesterday in Abuja said that the recruited members will serve in the capacity of the defunct War Against Indiscipline (WAI).

He said in Abuja that the ministry could partner with the state to register community health officers in the Public Health Departments in 774 local authorities, to eliminate breeding places of mosquitoes and reduce incidences of malaria parasites in the country.

Youth Corpers (NYSC) – Minister condemns the increasing rate of malaria as a result of poor Environmental Sanitation, stressed that it was worrisome as it contributed to the high child and maternal mortality.

Jubril said: “I remember in my days as a youth corper, we were in the WAI brigade and now I can see people (NYSC) that we can recruit for the anti-malaria brigade. This is worth commending because it is of serious health concern.

FG To Recruit Youth Corpers (NYSC) As Anti-malaria Taskforce

“In the 1960s, 70s, we had the privilege of having the wole-woles … so the federal ministry of environment in partnership andelsta limited has decided to re-launch this programme with the sole objective of achieving a clean and green environment, free of mosquitoes and other diseases in the country.

“We know of the menace of malaria vectors causing diseases in the country as well as poor management of the environment in rural, semi-rural and urban areas that constitute serious threat to human health.”

Youth Corpers (NYSC)  – However, he said the responsibility to maintain a healthy environment should be collective and participatory as the ministry cannot solely perform the public sanitary functions.

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