Bayelsa State Government has said that the control and elimination of malaria is a priority item on its agenda for the state health sector because of its importance.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele, stated this on Thursday, September 23, during the opening ceremony of a 2-Day Capacity Building Training on Malaria Case Management For Primary Health Care Workers, in Yenagoa.
The training was organized by the State Primary Health Care Board in Collaboration with the State Malaria Elimination Programme in the Ministry Of Health.
Dr. Igwele who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Wisdom Sawyer appreciated the directors in the Ministry and Primary Health care Board for their dedication to reducing the spread and impact of malaria in the state.
He urged the participants to pay close attention to what they will be taught in the training in order to stay abreast with current malaria prevention and treatment trends globally.
The Commissioner said people need continuous training for the management of malaria and advised the participants to listen keenly to whatever they are being taught.
He praised all the Directors and participants present and appreciated them for the great work they have been doing to eliminate malaria in the state.
On her part, the Chairman, Bayelsa State Primary Health Care Board, Hon. Mrs. Victoria Denenu said the programme is geared at capacity building and upgrading their professionalism which is very critical to the activities of malaria prevention programmes in the nation.
She stated that the goal is to ensure that the state workforce is well equipped and knowledgeable to flow with the current trends in the management of patients.
Mrs. Denenu, said malaria accounts for 60% of the cases they see in the out-patient department, adding that many healthcare workers have not been adding to the national approved guidelines for the management of malaria.
Earlier, the Director, Public Health, Dr. Stow Jones said they have come together to say malaria cannot still be causing such harm, as there is the need to drastically reduce the effects of malaria in the society and even eradicate it.
According to him, because of the state’s efforts they have been chosen to participate in the Malaria Impact Programme globally and in the next five years, they will be getting a lot of funding.