18 December 2020 by Florence Adewale
The Federal Government has developed a new National Malaria strategic Plan to fastrack the fight against the disease in the Country.
The Technical Director, National Malaria Elimination Program, Professor Olugbenga Mokuolu made this known at the twenty twenty, second bi-annual media briefing in Abuja.
The Technical Director, National Malaria Elimination Programme, Professor Olugbenga Mokuolu said the strategic plan was developed based on the analysis on available data to ensure an all encompassing plan for proper implementation of Malaria interventions in all parts of the Country.
Professor Mokuolu also stressed the need for continuous advocacy communication and social mobilization to create more awareness on the treatment and prevention of the disease.
In an address, the National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr. Audu Mohammed who was represented by the Head, National Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr. Perpetual Uhomoihbi said implementation of the malaria program was hampered due to lack of additional resources required by health workers to guard themselves against covid nineteen.
In his words “Health workers required additional resources to protect themselves from covid nineteen, and where these were not adequate they had to limit access to patients especially at the height of the pandemic.”
The National Coordinator also stressed that “The lockdown, while it lasted, further compounded access to interventions.
He said “supplies of commodities suffered severe disruptions with several health facilities experiencing stock outs for a relatively long time.”
The theme of the conference is ‘Malaria Intervention in the context of covid nineteen how National Malaria Elimination Programme has fared’.