Another day in commemoration of World Malaria Day was celebrated yesterday as Malaria accounts for millions of deaths in Nigeria as well as maternal and child mortality rates globally, hence the adoption of drastic measures to curtail these effects cannot be overemphasized.
This year’s World Malaria Day was commemorated in General Hospital Ikorodu on April 25, 2022, with a call on the citizenry to prevent getting malaria by using insecticide-treated nets (ITNS) to prevent mosquito bites, ensuring good environmental hygiene and sanitation to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, and ensuring testing is done before the use of antimalarial to prevent drug resistance.
“We can eliminate malaria when we adopt the many prongs approach that ensures that mosquitoes are eliminated which is includes maintaining good standards of environmental hygiene, use of ITNS etc” Consultant Family Health, Dr Odusolu said.
She said poor environmental and sanitary conditions in communities contributed to the high incidence of malaria in the country.
With this year’s theme given as ” Harness Innovation To Reduce The Malaria Disease Burden and Save Lives”, measures are being taken to optimise commodity utilisation both for curative and preventive measures across health facilities in the state.
The staff of General Hospital Ikorodu embarked on an awareness walk across TOS Benson Road to sensitise the people of Ikorodu on the need to prevent malaria at all costs by complying with some adaptive measures.
Health talks on malaria prevention were given at the major departmental clinical waiting areas of the General out-patient department, Medical outpatient department, Paediatric Outpatient department and Antenatal clinic.
Free malaria tests were conducted and Arthemether Combination Therapy(ACT) treatments were given to those who tested positive, in addition, free insecticides treated nets were also distributed to participants which includes mostly the under 5years old children and pregnant women.