The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has responded to a call made in 2016 by the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) to finance a malaria research at the University by inaugurating a N50million endowment fund and a Governing Board for the NDDC Professorial Chair on Malaria Elimination and Phytomedicine Research
Nsima Ekere, NDDC Managing Director, who inaugurating the N50 million endowment fund at the Council Chambers of the university, explained that the main objective of the intervention was to reduce the prevalence of malaria through strategic control, curtailing breeding, transmission, as well as the cost of treatment.
He was represented by Dr. Samuel Adjogbe, the Executive Director, Projects, who said the Research was appropriate because Malaria is prevalence of the disease in tropical Africa and particularly the Niger Delta region.
He explained further that the N50 million endowment would be redeemed in two installments of N25 million per year for an initial period of two years, recalling that the Commission had recently released the first tranche of N25 million for the Malaria Chair Research Programme.
Ekere said: “As malaria incidence increases, so also is morbidity and mortality rates, particularly in the high risk and vulnerable population such as in children, pregnant women and non-immune individuals. And, in the trail of malaria morbidity are economic losses, social and economic consequences.”
UNIPORT made the call for the research in conjunction with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, during the International Malaria Conference in May 16, 2016.