Delta govt raises concern over killer malaria
- urges preventive measures
By Nosa Akenzua,
Following the scourge of killings through “killer malaria,” the Delta state government on Sunday raised the concern over the spread of the sicknesses through mosquitoes, urging Delta people to adopt preventive measures against the deadly bite
In the last few months, ” killer malaria” scourge had invaded various houses, allegedly killing several persons in the state but the committee on preventive measures, otherwise known as state malaria programme manager attached to the Primary Healthcare Development Agency enjoined the people of the state to employ preventive measures to combat the malaria scourge in order to scale down the prevalence rate.
Dr Julie Aniah, director general in charge of the programme who spoke to journalists in Asaba while explaining the situation surrounding the” killer malaria” scourge, said that the state government had put in place some measures in place to reduce the prevalent rate of the scourge such as provision of free anti malaria drugs and the rapid diagnostic treatment among others.
Dr Julie Aniah noted that malaria drugs remained free, however, cautioned people against abuse by collecting drugs when they were not ill while mosquito-treated nets should not be used for agricultural purposes. She called on the people to always keep their environment clean and clear their drains of stagnant water: adding that the shortage of manpower at the Primary Healthcare Centre would be addressed by government.
Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation committed to the fight against malaria in the state, through its the coordinator, Mr Greg Sifo, has disclosed that the organisation was working in eight local government areas with not more than thirty health facilities across the state, adding that its partnership with the state government, communities and other stakeholders had enhanced health service delivery over the years. It, however, called on the media to join hands in the fight against malaria by amplifying the need for increased funding for malaria by interventions by government at all levels.
He enumerated challenges such as shortage of drugs and medical personnel in primary healthcare centres bushy environment, non-adherence to COVID-19 regulations, lack of awareness as well as non-readiness to patronise health facilities, among others.