Ubayo Ali, the programme manager of the Gombe State Malaria Elimination Programme, says the state will soon begin door-to-door malaria treatment to reduce disease deaths.
Although the ‘Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention’ campaign has been active in Nigeria since 2014, it has not been implemented in the state until now, according to Ali.
Ali announced during his speech at a media conference organized by the Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunisation, and Nutrition in Gombe on Friday.
He stated that Sulfadoxine Pyrimethamine Amodiaquine (SPAQ) would be given to children aged 59 months to three years and that the drug would help reduce malaria death.
Ali said, “The difference between the SPAQ given to only children between 3- 59 months and the Sulfaxine Pyrimethamine (SP) given to women who are pregnant is that SPAQ is to prevent malaria in children.
“We are going to implement for the first time Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention, although it happened first in 2014 it is happening here for the first time. This is an activity that requires us to go house to house to give children from 3 to 59 months; what we call Sulfadoxine Pyrimethamine Amodiaquine.
“We are going to involve more than 7000 Adhoc staff in this activity, this includes the Civil Society Organisations, Community Based Organisations and many others.
While praising the efforts of partners, the program manager stated that their contributions have helped to reduce malaria-related deaths in the state, adding that artemether and lumefantrine are administered free of charge to indigents across 352 facilities in the state.
Artemether and lumefantrine are provided with support from the Global Fund on routine bases in over 352 facilities in Gombe. They are given free of charge. We have rapid diagnostic test kits in all the 352 facilities in the state. Malaria deaths have reduced significantly in Gombe.
The Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunisation and Nutrition is doing well because it is not easy for someone to assist you in going directly into the communities. It is helping malaria intervention in Gombe State.
We have had support from the Global Fund and they are supporting the state with about 23 million US dollars. It is not coming in cash but in kind because they will at least support us with over 3 million doses of Sulfadoxine Pyrimethamine Amodiaquine.
They are also providing us over two million worth of Insecticide-Treated bed Nets for malaria prevention.
Gombe State can do this because it is providing the necessary counterpart funding, particularly in procuring warehouses where we store the insecticide-treated bed nets as well as procurement of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for pregnant women,” Ali added.
Mrs. Hassana Maisanda, the State Coordinator for Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunization, and Nutrition, also stated that seven Local Government Areas are benefiting from the intervention to eradicate the malaria scourge in the state.
“The LGAs are Akko, Balanga, Dukku, Funakaye, Kaltungo, kwami, and Yamalu Deba,” she explained.