Technology envisaged ending malaria in Nigeria

Technology in malariaABUJA, (CAJ News) – EFFORTS to tackle malaria in Nigeria have received a major boost after a digital payments and commerce company reached an agreement with a Canadian firm to ramp up distribution of the company’s healthcare technology services.
Interswitch and the Toronto-based Fio Corporation confirmed the partnership.
Uzor Okonmah, the Head of Health Solutions at Interswitch, said the effects of malaria were devastating to the health and prosperity of people across Africa and other parts of the world where it has not been eliminated.
“This detectable and treatable disease continues to claim more than 400 000 lives each year, said Okonmah.
The partnership coincides with the just-commemorated World Malaria Day, held under the theme, “End Malaria for Good.”
Hayim Raclaw, vice-president and sales team lead at Fio Corporation, said technology enabled decision makers take direct, transformative action.
“Disease control is impossible when you are fighting an enemy you can’t see,” said Raclaw.
According to the National Malaria Elimination Programme in Nigeria, malaria is responsible for 60 percent of outpatient visits to health facilities in Nigeria.
Each year the disease accounts for 11 percent of maternal deaths, 30 percent  of all childhood deaths and 25 percent of deaths occurring before a child’s first birthday.
CAJ News

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