WORLD MALARIA DAY: ZAMFARA MALARIA PREVALENCE REDUCED TO 13 PERCENT
The Malaria prevalence in Zamfara state has reduced from 25 to 13 percent from 2020 to date, the State Malaria Programme Manager, Dr Sanusi Bello has said.
Dr Bello disclosed this in Gusau on Monday while speaking at the road show rally to mark the 2022 World Malaria Day organised by the State branch of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.
The event with a theme:“Advance Equity, Build Resilience End Malaria” started from Yariman Bakura Specialists Hospital and terminated at Gusau Emir’s Palace.
The Programme Manager noted that the state recorded tremendous successes in the activities of malaria elimination as a result of government commitments and support from the partners.
“According to him, the malaria prevalence has reduced to 13 percent.
“We are now waiting for the survey conducted in 2021 and I am giving you assurance that when the result is released out the malaria prevalence in the state will go down further.
“In 2020, and 2021, the state government contributed N159 million and N56 million respectively for various malaria elimination projects.
“We also received donation of 13 motorcycles and supervision vehicles from the 14 local government council chairmen of the state”, the Programme Manager explained.
He commended Red Cross Society and other partners for their kind support especially in the areas of social mobilisation and awareness creation on malaria activities, malaria care and treatment, drugs and commodity supply as well as management and data.
The Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, while receiving the partners at his palace, commended the Red Cross Society and other partners for their contributions in the fight against malaria.
Bello represented by the Secretary to the Emirate, Alhaji Sambo A-Sambo urged communities to give emphasis on sanitation and hygiene.
“We should also avoid blockage of water ways in our communities in order to discourage spread of mosquitoes in our houses,”, the Emir said.
The monarch assured continued support and cooperation from the emirate to government at all levels and development partners in malaria eradication in the state.
Earlier, the State Team Lead, Red Cross Society Ibrahim Garba said the Society as one of the partners supporting malaria elimination and disease surveillance in the state organised the rally to mark World Malaria Day as set aside by World Health Organization (WHO).
“We are working in Eight security compromised LGAs supporting the state to extend malaria eradication services to hard to reach communities in the state”, Garba added.