– As Gov Ganduje Flags-Off Seasonal Malaria Chemeprevention, MNCH Week
-Insists other illnesses need attention too
Governor Ganduje assured that the state would do everything humanly possible to do away with Malaria in the state, “Which is one of the health problems disturbing societies of Tropical Africa. We cannot afford to loose this fight against Malaria,” he said.
He made this known when he flags-off Seasonal Malaria Chemeprevention along with Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week, for the 44 local governments of the state, in Bichi, which took place at Bichi Emir’s Palace.
The flagging-off was in the presence of the Emir, Nasiru Ado Bayero, Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, development partners, many dignitaries and community leaders, Sunday.
Also in an attempt to avoid sole concentration on COVID-19 pandemic at the expense of all other illnesses, in driving effective response, governor Ganduje said that event was necessary for the continued support and development for the health sector.
“It is glaring that global attention is turned to COVID-19 pandemic. We are witnessing the same situation across the country. This, we think should be revisited. That is why we are coming up with this and similar programmes. We need to also give our attention to other illnesses,” he reminded.
“This programme is aimed at saving our pregnant women and children. Pregnant women should bring themselves for this opportunity and bring forth their children. People should cooperate with government to improve healthcare system,” governor Ganduje said.
In his remarks the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa reveals “There are estimated 219 million cases of Malaria worldwide. Most of these cases were in African region, with an estimated 200 Million making up to 92% of global cases.”
Adding that, “In 2017 five countries accounting for nearly half of all Malaria cases worldwide were in Africa. And Nigeria alone is contributing 25% of the global burden. With most childhood malarial disease and deaths occurring in the Sahel sub-region.”
He explained further that, “The MNCH Week will be conducted in all the 44 LGAs in Kano state in four cycles of 4 days per months, from July to October, 2020. The exercise entails administration of Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine plus Amodiaquine (SPAQ) to children of 3 to 59 months. And therefore targeted 2,835,462 children in the state.”
Health Commissioner commanded governor Ganduje that, “At this juncture, I wish to most sincerely thank His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR for his immense support to Polio eradication.
Particularly the significant role he played in reversing the trend of Polio transmission in Kano state since his days as Deputy Governor. This exemplary leadership and commitment has placed Kano on high pedestal and celebrated worldwide.”
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