16 Hi June 2021 by Sakina Ahmed
Adamawa State Government is targeting about 958,000 children for malaria prevention campaign across the
21 local government areas of the state.
This was revealed during a one day sensitization of media personnel on seasonal malaria chemoprevention ( SMC) organized by the World health organization in yola.
The WHO’s National consultant, malaria in emergencies North East, Dr. IniAbasi Nglass during the sensitization stated that, SMC is an effective intervention to protect vulnerable groups against malaria but must be complemented by other interventions such as proper use of insecticide treated mosquito nets and maintaining hygienic environment always.
She further explained that, children aged 3 to 59 months are the target for the house to house administration of the malaria chemoprevention drugs for four consecutive months in a year.
“Global Fund through National malaria Elimination Program NMEP has procured and delivered to the state 3,200,850 doses of SMC drugs for 4 cycles of campaigns” she added.
According to Dr. Nglass, the SMC drugs will not be administered on a child who has fever, rather such a child will be referred to a health care facility for proper medical attention.
Also in a remark, the information officer, State Ministry of health, Abubakar Mohammed, described the SMC campaign as timely in view of the 25% global burden of malaria that is in Nigeria.
He therefore called on participants to contribute their quota for a successful Flag off and implementation of the SMC campaign.
Earlier, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Adamawa State council, Ishaka Donald Dedan represented by his vice Abdullahi Ibrahim commended WHO for its efforts in supporting the state’s health care sector and pledged the union’s commitment to engage in anything that would ensure the wellbeing of people in the state and the country at large.