Tuesday, June 30,2020
The leadership of the Civil society in Malaria Control, Immunisation and Nutrition (ACCOMIN), have called on governments at all levels to as a matter of urgency fashion out ways of increasing funds for malaria intervention in the country.
More to that, the need to as well involve local governments health department in budget planning, they believed would also go a long way to address the challenges presently confronting malaria intervention in the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.
The group who made this known during the state media brief on Global Fund Malaria Accountable and Advocacy Project, which took place in Jalingo, the state capital, expressed dismay at the dilapidated facility structures and inadequate equipment in most of the public health centres.
Led by the programme manager, Wobunna Ishaku Gofwen, the group observed that malaria patients especially those domiciling in rural communities have begins to withdraw from accessing malaria services for fear of being ” suspected to have Covid-19 if they presented symptoms of malaria at the facilities” stating that the situation have compelled the patients to deliberately desist from “visiting the facilities.”
Also observing that the ongoing restriction on movement necessitated by the outbreak the coronavirus pandemic, have as well gone a long way in preventing community health volunteers “from Carrying out malaria interventions” government as suggested by them, should tread extra legitimate miles to fashion out ways of monitoring health facilities as well as embark in the training of health personnel.
Lamenting the inadequate supply of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to health workers, the situation which according to the group makes staff of the facilities to distance themselves from malaria patients, the need for the relevant authorities, well to do individuals and organisations, to as a matter of urgency intervene by making a available to health facilities PPEs, they believed can no longer be overemphasized.
Aligning his weight to that of the programme manager, the chairman of
ACCOMIN, Alhaji Mohammed Danburam, believed that if all hands are on deck the dream of eradicating malaria from the state and the country at large, would soon be a thing of the past.
He passionately called on the media not to leave the job of fighting malaria in the hands of the organisation alone, but to join forces with them in order to make a the state and the country mosquitos free.
The organization, as observed by Quick News Africa was engaged by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) under the ongoing Globa Fund (GF) Malaria Grant to implement the Civil Society component in thirteen out of the thirty-six states of the federation with Taraba inclusive.