Oyo State is leading in the control of the spread of malaria and use of contraceptive methods in the nation, Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr Michael Harvey, has stated.

He spoke last week when Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi paid a thank- you visit to the agency’s office in Abuja for spending over $12million on malaria control and other health related programmes in the state.

Harvey said statistics available to the agency showed that malaria prevalence in children under the age of five years in Oyo State was 19 percent compared to the national average of 27 percent.

He added that malaria prevalence in the South West in 2010 was 50 percent.

Harvey particularly commended the role of the governor’s wife, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, in the distribution of mosquito-treated nets and enlightenment programmes, which contributed to the state’s leadership position.

Harvey also commended Oyo Ministry of Health for making the state the leading user of contraceptives to control birth.

Source: The Nation

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