The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, has pledged her government’s support to eradicate malaria in Liberia.
Malac noted that malaria is a leading cause of illness and death in Liberia, particularly during the rainy reason, which creates the condition for the mosquito population to increase, noting that the best way to prevent malaria is to sleep under
The U.S envoy made the pledge over the weekend as Liberia joined the world to celebrate World Malaria Day, which was held on the theme “Invest in the future, defeat malaria” at the Monrovia City Hall.
She indicated that the distribution of 2.8 million mosquito nets to households in the country will help Liberia reach the World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal of one net for every 1.8 persons, noting that the Ministry of Health partners are working to ensure that the nets are hand delivered to Liberians in the 15 counties.
She stressed that during this year’s World Malaria Day special attention was placed on vulnerable segments of the population, including pregnant women and children under-five who are at greater risk of dying or contracting several sicknesses due to malaria.
The American diplomat pointed out that the United States Government is also supporting Liberia’s effort to begin providing mosquito nets for pregnant women regularly during their first three months of pregnancy to prevent their unborn children from contracting malaria.