Yola, September 30, 2022 – Sitting on a wooden stool in front of her house in the Dobeli community in the Yola North Local Government Area (LGA), Hajara Yusuf, a (27, mother of three) encouraged her sons to take the seasonal chemoprevention drugs malaria (CPS).
“I usually look forward to when they give the periodic antimalarial drugs because I’ve seen with my own eyes how it keeps children from getting sick. Previously, I used to refuse medication because I wasn’t sure what it was until a community health educator explained the benefits to me.
Afterwards, I tried with my second child (Tsoho) because he was always getting sick and since then he has been in good health. Two of my children are in the eligible group to receive the drugs and I have since taken it upon myself to watch out whenever there is a campaign to ensure my children get their dose. I also encourage other mothers to collect for their children. Since Tsoho and her brother started receiving SMC drugs, I have spent less money on drugs, and it has left me plenty of time for other things,” she said.
Ms Yusuf said she was usually sad when she saw her son not playing with other children.
“But right now I’m happy that he’s playing and running like the other kids. And I remain committed to making sure they’re available to receive their meds through all four cycles and I’ll be a champion of those as well. benefits for other mothers, Ms. Yusuf said.
The young mother of three is one of the beneficiaries of SMC drugs distributed in Adamawa State to nearly one million children in the 21 LGAs, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO ) and Global Fund funding through the National Malaria Elimination Program. (NMEP).
SMC is given monthly for four months during peak malaria transmission periods, using sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) and amodiaquine (AQ) (SPAQ) to children aged 3-59 months to reduce cases malaria epidemics which are generally on the increase in the country during the rainy season.
A Persistent Threat
In Nigeria, malaria caused by the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito is one of the major public health problems and poses a threat to the entire population, with children and pregnant women being most vulnerable to disease. serious and to death.
Ending malaria transmission by 2030 remains a top government priority as Nigeria is one of four countries accounting for just over half of all malaria deaths globally.
According to the latest World Malaria Report, Nigeria accounts for 27% of all malaria cases and 32% of deaths globally.
To reduce the burden of disease, WHO recommends, among other interventions, the SMC intervention for children aged 3-59 months living in areas of high malaria transmission to protect against malaria during the summer season. rains.
Other interventions recommended by WHO to control malaria include vector control through the use of long-lasting insecticidal nets, indoor residual spraying. all suspected cases of malaria should be confirmed using parasite-based diagnostic tests (by microscopy or rapid diagnostic test). Diagnostic tests allow healthcare providers to quickly distinguish between malarial and non-malarial fevers, facilitating appropriate treatment.
Commending WHO for continuously supporting the state government to provide quality health services to the people, Adamawa State Director of Public Health Dr Celine Laori said the September’s malaria prevention campaign is the fourth and final round of the CPS routine for the year.
“We appreciate WHO’s outstanding leadership and commitment throughout all four cycles. They helped the state build the capacity of the health workers, which pushed them to provide adequate services throughout the exercise,” Dr. Laori said.
Underscoring the importance of the campaign, North East Emergencies Director Dr Richard Lako said the WHO remained a dedicated partner in helping Adamawa State achieve global targets for coronavirus reduction. Malaria incidence and mortality rate of at least 90% by 2030.
“The SMC campaign will complement the efforts of the Adamawa State government to provide quality health services to the people. WHO will continue to provide technical support, including capacity building, to increase early disease detection in the state, especially in hard-to-reach places,” Dr Lako said.
Dr. Lako, Richard; Email: [email protected]
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