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World Malaria Day: A’Ibom  Govt  Harps on Use Of Insecticide Treated Nets

World Malaria Day: A’Ibom  Govt  Harps on Use Of Insecticide Treated Nets

…To Monitor Abuse

 The government of Akwa Ibom State has  stressed the need for Akwa Ibom people to take seriously the use of Insecticide  Treated  Nets (ITNs) as a means to prevent the spread of malaria.

The State Government has also called on its citizens and residents of the State to avoid self medication but should rather undertake visits to health facilities for testing and treatment of malaria.

The Commissioner for Health, Professor Augustine Umoh gave the charge  in an interview at his office  on  Tuesday while marking World Malaria Day.

The Commissioner noted that malaria is a disease which has a devastating effect in the society especially among  children and pregnant women.

 Umoh  who stressed that the disease was preventable advised the people to change their behavior toward malaria treatment by  not patronizing  patent medicine shops  but  health facilities  for proper  diagnosis of the disease pointing out that there will be instant results and treatment would be given free of charge.

He stated that the World Malaria Day is marked to draw attention of the public that the disease was with the people yet it is preventable and treatable with the  use of Artemisnin-based Combination Therapy(ACT) drugs and Injectable  Artesunate  for the management of severe  malaria , and Sulphadoxime-Pyrimethamine(SP) for Intermittent  Preventive  Treatment (IPTp) for pregnancy .

He said that with medication given free, one could channel  his  or her resources  for other purposes which  was the reason the government was advocating  for the use of health facilities for the treatment of the disease.

 On net abuse, the commissioner  who called for its proper usage, said the ministry would continue to monitor and evaluate its usage  as the over 3.3 million  mass distribution  was aimed at decreasing  mosquito bites and malaria attack.

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The  Commissioner stated that the Governor Udom Emmanuel –led  administration had continued to show  high level commitment toward the elimination of malaria by providing  a secured  and conducive environment for programmes  implementation.

“The remodeling. Renovation, construction  and equipping of health facilities as well as recruitment and training of qualified health care providers  are some of the giant strides of the administration,” he added.

Umoh with the theme  of this year’s celebration,” Time To Deliver  Zero Malaria: Invest, Innovate, Implement, Act  Now,” emphasised that  there is need  for sustained political commitment , and continued investment in malaria control and elimination in view of the rising prevalence rate of it.

The 2023 World Malaria Day was marked with stakeholders meeting, thanksgiving  at  Insight  Bible Church, last Sunday, and sensitization in Itu Local Government Area.

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