Rivers State has been adjudged the best state of the federation in the area of malaria elimination and control programme.
This was made known at the 11th bi-annual meeting of states' malaria control programme managers held in Abakalike, Ebonyi State.
The event was organised by the National Malaria Control Programme in collaboration with the roll Back Malaria Partners to deliberate on the successes and challenges of controlling Malaria in Nigeria.
Speaking during the presentation of the award to the Rivers State Health Commissioner Dr. Sampson Parker in his office in Port Harcourt, the World Bank Specialist in charge of Malaria, Dr. Moriam Jagun commended the state for doing so much in the fight to control and eradicate malaria in the country.
According to her, the Rivers State Ministry of Health came first in the South- South geo-political zone and also came first at the national level.
The emergence of Rivers State as first was based on the scores from the three different segments of the competition and the ability of the state to address the previous agreements in the Bi-Annual meeting communiqué.
Niger State came second while the third and fourth place went to Enugu and Sokoto States respectively.
After receiving the award on behalf of the state government, Dr. Parker reiterated the commitment of the Governor Amaechi led administration to fight malaria in the state, stating that the target is to completely eliminate malaria in the state.