The Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme, N.M.E.P, Audu Mohammed says the Federal Government would empower local manufacturers to produce malaria drugs locally.
He added that government would be doing this through the World Health Organisation, WHO’s pre-qualification progrmme.
The Coordinator explained that the pre-qualification programme, set up in 2001, was a service provided by WHO to facilitate access to medicines that met unified standards of quality, safety and efficacy for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
He added that the programme had applied for Fund from three donors: World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and the Africa Development Bank, to support manufacturers and buy malaria live-saving commodities.
He noted that World Bank has promised to give Nigeria about 200 million dollars, the Islamic Development Bank, 100 million dollars and African Development Bank sixty-four million dollars.