Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire to host ECOWAS bio-larvicides factories

 ECOWAS attempts to flush out malaria from the region.

Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have been selected as the host countries for the multi-million dollar bio-larvicide factories of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.

President of the ECOWAS Commission, Desire Ouedraogo, announced this on Thursday at the closing ceremony of the 42nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire.

Bio-larvicide is a vector control component spray on stagnant mosquitoes breeding waters to kill the lavas of mosquitoes.

It has been identified by WHO as the most effective vector control strategy for malaria elimination.

President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Yammoussoukro on Wednesday to join 14 other ECOWAS leaders for the two-day meeting.

Unveiling a plaque to signal the launch of the factories, Mr. Ouedraogo said there was a tripartite agreement among ECOWAS, Cuba and Venezuela on malaria elimination in the West Africa sub-region.

He said the Nigerian factory, which would be located in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, would be officially launched in the country in April.

He said by the agreement, Cuba is expected to bring in the technology to set up the factories, while Venezuela will provide the financial support and ECOWAS, the political leadership, commitment and advocacy needed to ensure the elimination of malaria.

The Special Adviser to the President of the ECOWAS Commission on Malaria Control, Mariame Ngolilla, said the approach would be to control the vector from the larva stage at the breeding site.

She said the bio-larvicide that would be produced in the three factories, would be sprayed in the mosquito breeding site to reduce the population of the malaria vector.

“The building of the factories is supposed to take 18 to 24 months,” Ms. Ngolilla said. “It is bio-technology that we are going to use and it will be three factories: one in Cote d’Ivoire; one in Nigeria, Rivers State has been identified as the location; and one in Ghana.

“So, we are going to do as the President said, the same ceremony in April in the two countries, Ghana and Nigeria then it will take approximately two years to set up the factories.

“Before the completion of the factories, we need to prepare the ground for application, meaning that we have to make sure that we reduce the breeding sites that are created by men.

“We need now to go back to sanitation which we all know and education of people and sensitisation to let them know that clean environment is possible and they should stop being mosquito farmers,” she added.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has been chosen to host the 43rd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja on a date to be announced later.

Mr. Ouedraogo, who disclosed this, also announced the re-election of the Ivorien President, Alassane Ouattara, as ECOWAS Chairman for the second term of office.

(NAN)


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