President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the global community to remain focused on the fight against malaria despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The head of state , who chairs the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), said it was unfortunate that Covid-19 had been given much attention thwarting all the efforts that had been put into fighting malaria.
Speaking on Monday night, in Statehouse, Nairobi in a virtual address to the End Malaria Council (EMC), comprising of a group of global public sector and business leaders that sees malaria eradication as a critical health and development priority, Uhuru reminded the global community that malaria is a dangerous disease and one of the greatest killers in the world today.
“Let us get our partners to understand that it is in the interest of everybody that we keep our eye on the ball. The fight against malaria, the fight against TB and the fight against HIV/AIDs – these are all critical fights that will ensure that we are better placed not only to fight the current pandemics but also help us prepare against future pandemics,” the President said
EMC is a global body seeking to drive progress towards ending malaria by ensuring the eradication of the disease.
According to the president, ALMA top point agenda is enhancing digitalisation and use of real-time data including sharing country malaria scorecards which can also be used to support the fight against current and future pandemics.
He noted that that top on global and regional agenda is to see reduction malaria effects made possible by strong political, financial and technological commitment from leaders at all levels.
3/3 President Kenyatta spoke on Monday evening at State House, Nairobi in a virtual address to the End Malaria Council (EMC), a group of global public sector and business leaders that sees malaria eradication as a critical health and development priority. pic.twitter.com/BgyYyrHfbc
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) September 28, 2021