World Malaria Day: Kogi appeals to International, local donors for assistance

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Malaria has been a major health challenge to the entire people cutting across all ages in Kogi state, the Regional Manager, Kogi state Malaria Elimination Program, Dr. Sullaiman Abdulkareem Adeiza, disclosed to Journalists on Monday in Lokoja to mark this year’s “World Malaria Day”.

He said the impact of the disease on the world particularly the tropical Africa has been very devastating leading to the loss of millions of lives all over the world, hence the World Health Organization (WHO) set aside a special day for enlightenment, advocacy, and campaigns for the eradication of the scourge.

Dr. Adeiza said Kogi state has not been relenting in the fight against malaria as the program has involved relevant stakeholders like the traditional rulers, religious leaders, youths, and women organizations as well as the media, the efforts he said yielded tremendous successes.

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According to the Program Manager, Malaria has become the commonest disease in the state due largely to the conducive environment for its massive breeding of mosquitoes as well as poor sanitary conditions of the people.

“The tropical region and the environmental settings have been the enabling factors that influence the massive breeding of mosquitoes and consequently the spread of the scourge”, Dr. Sullaiman Adeiza disclosed.

He advised members of the public to cooperate with public health education officials and to always ensure that stagnant water, potholes, surrounding bushes, and dirty environment are always cleared.

The Program Manager counseled residents and communities to imbibe the spirit of ” prevention is better than cure” by keeping their environment clean.

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On the government efforts toward the elimination of malaria in the state, the Program Manager stated that there are over 1,400 Primary Health Care Centers across the 21 local government areas of Kogi state, requiring adequately trained staff, drugs, equipment, and funding for the successful fight against the scourge.

He also stated that the state Malaria Elimination Committee has been visiting the health facilities for sensitization in the fight against age-long disease.

Dr. Adeiza, therefore, appealed to the International and local humanitarian and charity organizations and other high-spirited individuals to assist health institutions with necessary malaria prevention and treatment equipment and drugs to save humanity.

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