…to diagnose malaria in pregnant women, children
Segun Babatunde, Bauchi
As the World marks this year’s World Malaria Day, the Integrated Health Programme of United State Agency for Development (USAID -IHP) says it has trained and equipped 30 Laboratory Scientists in Bauchi State to undertake diagnosis of malaria among pregnant women and children Under – 5.
Disclosing this while speaking at the 2023 World Malaria Day celebration held at Ningi Town Maternity Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC) Tuesday, the Integrated PHC Advisor,IHP Bauchi State office, Dr Darlington Okoye emphasised that malaria remained 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”.
However, Okoye emphasised that a combined effort and Commitment was required towards overcoming overcoming the malaria scourge.
Also speaking, the Executive Chairman,Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis/Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA), Dr Sani Mohammed Dambam reiterated the commitment of his Agency to partner to fight the malaria scourge in the state.
Dr Dambam who was represented by the Director, Tuberculosis of the Agency, Abdullahi Gida commended USAID -IHP for it’s support in the fight against malaria and other diseases in the state
The Executive Chairman urged pregnant women to endure that they took every precaution in fighting malaria adding that they must take all the drugs given them at the health facilities.