Yobe State Primary Healthcare Management Board says it is targeting over one million under five children in this year’s seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention campaign.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Kundi Machina stated this during the Flag off of the campaign held at the Emir’s Palace in Damaturu.
The World Health Organization recommended the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention campaign for areas with high seasonal malaria transmission in the Sahel sub region.
The campaign in Yobe State is a collaboration between the State Ministry of Health, State Primary Healthcare Management Board, the World Health Organization and other partners n Malaria Prevention.
The Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Healthcare Management Board, Dr Kundi Machina said the programme is in line with commitment of the Federal, State Governments and the Roll back Malaria partners to stem out the scourge of Malaria in Yobe state and the Country at large.
He said studies have shown that administration of the Malaria Chemoprevention drugs for up to four months during the peak malaria transmission season in children aged 3- 59 months would greatly reduce malaria morbidity and mortality.
Dr Kundi Machina further appealed to parents and guardians to take advantage of the initiative and get their children and wards protected against malaria.
Earlier, the Director, Immunization of Yobe State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Umar Chiroma said, malaria has been an epidemic disease in tropical Africa with an estimated ninety percent of the total global malaria incidence and death occurring in the region particularly among pregnant women and children.
He pointed out that over seven hundred children were prevented through the use of the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention and other preventive measures like the use of mosquito treated nets.
By Alkasim Bala