Akwa Ibom Govt. Provides Free Anti Malaria Drugs To Hospitals

The Akwa Ibom State Government says it has provided free anti-malaria commodities in all public health facilities in the state, for the treatment of malaria among its citizens.

The state Health Commissioner, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, disclosed this on Tuesday in Uyo in a broadcast made to mark the 2017 World Malaria Day celebration.

The Commissioner said, “The State Government had saturated health facilities with drugs and facilities such as Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs), Sulphadoxine Pyrimethamine (SPs), Microscopes and Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits.”

He announced that the State Government had established two sites for parasite and vector sentinel in Eket and Uyo Local Government Areas respectively.

The Commissioner added that government had also developed human capacity for efficient and effective service delivery.

” The State Government has strong collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), the Roll-Back Malaria partners, Corporate organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).”

Reflecting on the slogan of the celebration, the Commissioner called for strong partnership and integrated efforts to ensure availability of malaria commodities to reduce the burden of malaria among citizens.

“The overall goal of this celebration is to energize our collective commitment to partner in the fight against malaria.

“The slogan also encourages the state, local governments and communities to play leadership role and take stock of achievements with a view to identifying gaps.”

He noted that malaria still remained a major public health concern in our society and must be tackled seriously.

“Everybody has a role to play in the fight against malaria, individuals, families and groups all have their distinctive roles to play. This role must include environmental management, health care seeking behaviour and drug adherence to prevent resistance as well as sleeping inside the long lasting insecticidal net every night,” the commissioner stated.

World Malaria Day: WHO Calls For Focus On Preventive Measures

The World Health Organisation has call for increased efforts to prevent malaria and save lives.

The global health body made the call in a statement on Monday ahead of the World Malaria Day.

According to WHO’s latest report, which spotlights critical gaps in prevention coverage – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 43 per cent of people at risk of malaria in the region were not protected by either a net or indoor insecticide spraying in 2015.

It also said approximately 69 per cent of pregnant women in 20 African countries did not have access to the recommended three or more doses of preventive treatment.

WHO explained in its statement that while preventive measures, including the use of insecticide-treated nets have averted more than 663 million cases of Malaria in sub-Saharan Africa since 2001, there was the need for a bigger push for prevention.

The Director-General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, was quoted as saying, “WHO-recommended tools have made a measurable difference in the global malaria fight. But we need a much bigger push for prevention – especially in Africa, which bears the greatest burden of malaria.”

Together with diagnosis and treatment, the statement said, WHO recommends a package of proven prevention approaches, including insecticide treated nets, spraying indoor walls with insecticides, and preventive medicines for the most vulnerable groups: pregnant women, under-fives and infants.

Explaining the challenge further, WHO said it wasn’t really a problem of policy but that of policy implementation.

It noted that some targeted prevention approaches have been adopted by countries as policy, but the actual uptake has been slow.

It said preventive treatment for infants, for example, which is safe, cost-effective and well accepted by health workers and communities, is currently only being implemented in Sierra Leone.

WHO made the call for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives the same day it announced that the trial of the world’s first vaccine would take place in three African countries.

READ MORE: WHO Announces World’s First Malaria Vaccine Trial

US Ambassador Entwistle Commends Nigeria’s Efforts To End Malaria

US On MalariaAs the world commemorates the World Malaria Day, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, says Nigeria has made historic progress in turning the tide against malaria In the past 15 years.

In a statement issued from the public affairs section of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, Ambassador Entwistle said that since 2011, an aggressive programme to fight malaria in Nigeria reduced mortality rates among children under five by 18 per cent.

He said malaria among this same group declined by a remarkable 15 per cent.

The Ambassador also added that the United States remained strongly committed to working with Nigeria and all her partners to intensify the efforts to free people from the tremendous burden of malaria.

The United States also pledged to support Nigeria by training medical personnel and community health workers to care for people with the disease.

World Malaria Day: Prof. Onyebuchi Says Nigeria Made Progress In Malaria Elimination

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As the world commemorate the Annual Malaria Day, attention has been drawn to the need for a renewed commitment towards its control, elimination and ultimate eradication in order to avoid undue reversal of efforts.

During the celebration in Abia State at the Women Development Centre, Umuahia, the Minister of Helath, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, told reporters that Nigeria had made a tremendous progress in elimination of Malaria and would continue to do so until it is totally reduced to zero percentage.

In his speech, Governor Theodore Orji elucidates on the efforts the state had made so far to minimise the scourge and hinted that health care would continue to be a priority for his administration.

A Fight For All Nigerians

Stakeholders on health, community leaders, women organisation and dignitaries from all walks of life gathered at the Women Development Centre, Umuahia to mark the World Malaria Day celebration.

An occasion which offers the opportunity to interact and share experiences as well as strategise on the ongoing efforts to eliminate malaria.

For the Minister of Health, “prevention of malaria is a fight for all Nigerians and notwithstanding the billions of Naira that has been committed in its eradication; government is not relenting as it is mapping out new strategy to fight it. The State government, through its Malaria Elimination Programme, has put up strategies in several thematic areas in order to prevent malaria.

Donor partners and stakeholders on malaria prevention also stressed the need for more commitment towards eradication and effort to tackle the challenge of utilisation of some of the measures that had been adopted in prevention of malaria.

The office of the wife of the Abia State Governor, Mercy Orji, was fully involved in the celebration as the office organised a road show and rally demonstrating the need to sleep under treated insecticides nets to prevent malaria.

The Theme for this year Malaria Day Celebration “Invest in the Future “Defeat Malaria” is significant and a clarion call for policy makers and citizens to work together in protecting the children, the future generation, against Malaria.

Kano State Distributes N508 Million Health Facilities To Mark World Health Day

 Kano state government has distributed health facilities worth N508 million to combat malaria and other related diseases to mark this year’s World Malaria Day.

At the graduation ceremony of 800 of the state’s ‘Lafiya Jari’ Scheme and Malaria Control Workers, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso says 150,000 worth capital will be given to each trainee of the program.

kwankwaso who noted that malaria remains an emergency disease that affects mostly children under the age of five and pregnant women,  resolved that his government will join other nations in the fight against malaria.

The governor was optimistic that the launching of Sickler Support Program and graduation of Lafiya Jari trainee as well as distribution of support facilities will certainly assist in combatting malaria and other related diseases.

However, the state’s commissioner of health, Yusuf Labaran, about 3.3 billion people are leaving with malaria in the world while about 305 cases are recorded annually in Nigeria. The disease, he adds has only reached 25 percent reduction according to a report by the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, the representative of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, Ben Fischer said the UK government have over the years been working closely with the Nigerian government to combat malaria and other related diseases stressing that government at all level need to put heads together in the fight against malaria.

 

 

 

 

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