ABUJA – Dr Humphrey Aniebo, the Programme Manager of the Malaria Elimination Programme in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Wednesday said malaria prevalence in Nigeria had dropped by 43 per cent.
Aniebo said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
He said attributed the achievement could to the effort of the various anti-malaria initiatives in the country.
Aniebo said the agency had trained 30 model care givers to help in eradicating malaria in the territory.
He said the training was conducted by the National Malaria Elimination Programme in collaboration with the FCT malaria Elimination Programme.
He said the beneficiaries would later train 124 caregivers in the six area councils, adding that the caregivers would help communities in the prevention of malaria.
“When people have fever, they will test them for malaria using (Rapid Diagnostic Test) RDT test kit.
“They will treat those who are positive with  Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT).
“Those that have severe malaria would be sent to the nearest health centres for proper care,’’ he said.
Aniebo said about 20 people were also trained to train patent medicine vendors in the selected areas to be able able to treat malaria patients.