Samuel Luka, Bauchi
No fewer than 30 Laboratory Scientists have been trained and equipped by the Integrated Health Programme of United State Agency for Development (USAID-IHP) to undertake the diagnosis of malaria among pregnant women and children U-5 in Bauchi state.
The Integrated PHC Advisor of IHP, Bauchi State office, Dr Darlington Okoye made this known at the 2023 World Malaria Day celebration held at Ningi Town Maternity PHC Tuesday.
Okoye pointed out that malaria remains one of the diseases that are negatively impacting life expectancy which must be tackled at all costs.
According to him, USAID-IHP will continue to support the government through its agencies to fight the malaria scourge in the state.
The Advisor further explained that a combined effort is required in order to overcome the malaria scourge.
On his part, the Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria (BACATMA), Dr Sani Mohammed Dambam assured that the Agency will continue to partner with relevant stakeholders to fight malaria in the state.
Represented by the Director, Tuberculosis of the Agency, Abdullahi Gida, the BACATMA Executive Chairman commended USAID-IHP for its support in the fight against malaria and other diseases in the state.
Dr Sani who called on pregnant women to ensure that they take every precaution in fighting malaria, urged them to take all the drugs given to them at the health facilities.
He hinted that, treated mosquito nets will be distributed across the state, adding that the distribution exercise will be carried out from house-to-house in order to fight the scourge of malaria among pregnant women and children under 5 years.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ningi LGA, Ibrahim Zubairu commended the organizers of the flagging-off for choosing Ningi LGA for the program.
Represented by the Speaker of Ningi Legislative Assembly, Yakubu Anas, the CTC Chairman said that his Council will prioritise healthcare delivery services in the LGA.