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World Malaria Day: Ekiti State Government Urges Hygienic Practices to Combat Malaria

….Distributes Mosquito Net Free of Charge

Ekiti State Government has stressed the need for people of the State to embrace hygienic practices as part of efforts towards eliminating malaria in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani stated this during a programme to commemorate the year 2024 World Malaria Day held at the Compressive Primary Health Care Center, Ado Ekiti

Dr. Filani, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary in his Ministry, Mrs. Olusola Gbenga-Igotun, stressed that unwholesome practices such as indiscriminate waste dumping and maintaining dirty environments contribute significantly to the spread of malaria in society.

The Commissioner noted that the government has made remarkable progress in its crusade against malaria through the Impact Malaria programs, saying the initiatives provide essential drugs and critical materials necessary to combat the disease.

He hinted that the government’s focus is primarily on children and pregnant women noting that these two groups are the most vulnerable to malaria.

Dr. Filani also cautioned against patronizing unauthorized medicine stores or relying on quack health care personnel for the sake of public health.

In his remarks, Dr. Adedayo Isaac, representing the State Coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized malaria vaccines as a panacea for child health and disease control, stressing the need for governments to scale up efforts to ensure easier access to malaria vaccines to save lives.

In his good will message, the Project Director, SOLINA HEALTH, Mr Ayodele Alegbeleye said the IMPACT PROJECT, being championed in partnership with the State Government and the World Bank on Malaria control, is currently being implemented in 201 primary health care centers across the state with efforts on training of staff to handle the project designed to eliminate Malaria in the state.

Empathizing the relevance of this year’s theme for World Malaria Day, “Health Equity, Gender Equality, and Human Rights,” Mr Alegbeleye noted that hospitals now have mechanisms in place for individuals to lodge complaints about subpar services.

The Project Manager Malaria IMPACT Projects enlightened pregnant women, nursing mothers, and concerned individuals on preventing malaria.

Mrs Bankole demonstrated practical methods for using insecticides treated nets to enable citizens know how to effectively use nets to combat mosquitoes.

The event also featured health walk to sensitizatise residents, distribution of Mosquito Treated Nets and Malaria tests for pregnant women and nursing mothers free of charge at the venue.

Posted in Ekiti State News Bulletin
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