By: Anushiem Chidera
The quest to annihilate malaria in Africa has gained momentum as Ikeoluwapo Ajayi, Ayodele Jegede and Bidemi Yusuf won the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Science prize for science.
Their research work titled:”Improving Home and Community Management of Malaria: Providing the Evidence Base” won the grand-prize award. Africans have been making great strides in the continent’s quest to totally wipe out the deadly disease and this serves as a catalyst to the actualization of that dream.
Two other Nigerians, viz: Olugbenga Mokuola and Chukwuma Agubata also won for their works: “Multifaceted Efforts at Malaria Control in Research: Management of Malaria of Various Grades “ and “Novel Lipid Microparticles for Effective Delivery of Artemether Antimalarial Drug using a Locally-Sourced Irvingia Fat from Nuts of Irvingia Gabonensis var Excelsa (Ogbono)” respectively.
This feat becomes exactly interesting considering the facts that researchers face grave difficulties as a result of infrastructure decline in Nigeria and that according to the World Health Organization, more than 90% of the deaths in Africa occur as a result of malaria.
This, indeed, is a great feat for Nigeria and Africa and it is hoped that more groundbreaking research will follow.