The Society for Family Health (SFH) has been asked to liaise with National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) in checking incidence of fake malaria drugs that can induce other health problems among the users.
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, made the call when the Head of Society for Family Health/Roll Back Malaria Programme, Dr. Jennifer Anyanti and her team visited Governor Akpabio in his office in Uyo.
While briefing the governor on the effects of fake drugs, Dr. Anyanti, cited instances of some persons who after taking an unnamed malaria drug were later diagnosed with cardiac and kidney problems.
The head of the SFH said their visit was to inform the governor and the people of the state of their upcoming campaign to distribute over 2.7 million mosquito nets in the state.
Dr. Anyanti appealed to the State government for support to ensure the success of the campaign, stressing that the commitment at every level of the
society is imperative, as actions are put in place to prevent vector-borne diseases especially malaria.
She said the SFH was operating at other levels in the state supported by the Ministry of Health, state media organisations, among others and was currently implementing a state-wide HIV prevention house-to-house campaign. The campaign would hold from July 7 to August 7, with individuals in over 500,000 households in
every local government in the state as targets.
It is also aimed at enhancing Nigeria’s response to HIV/AIDS programme funded by the British Department for International developments.
Governor Akpabio stressed the need to sensitise the people more on how to prevent malaria growth, such as letting them know that keeping pools of water around their environment and pouring of dirty water in the gutters could lead to malaria.
He said that about 1.5 million nets were distributed by the state Ministry of Health to more than 20,000 households in the state in 2013.
The governor said there was need to replace them as they would have been worn out by now.
He further pledged the State government’s support to the SFH through the state Ministry of Health in the distribution of treated insecticide nets to the people of Akwa Ibom.
The Director, Global Fund Malaria Programme, Dr. Ernest Nwokolo, said that the SFH was in partnership with Roll Back Malaria and National Malaria Elimination Programme funded by the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which he said was conducting nationwide distribution of free lasting insecticide nets.