Nigeria: Civil society groups advocates for improved government funding’s on  fight against malaria

Nigeria: Civil society groups advocates for improved government fundings on  fight against malaria

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

Civil society organizations under the aegis of Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunization, and Nutrition, ACOMIN has tasked  Nigerian governments at all levels to increase their investments  in the fight against malaria to enhance national public health services .

The group at a media parley session held along Court road in Kano to commemorate World Malaria Day, WMD  with the theme, “ Promoting and Celebrating Community Contributions to Health   expressed the firm belief  on the crucial  need to further educate the Nigerian public on the sensitive  need for them to imbibe malaria prevention practices as a residual way of  lifestyle.

ACOMINS at the end of the one day session after enumerating  the achievements recorded by the groups that constitute their  coalition, then recommended that  “In order to contribute to the promotion and sustenance of these gains, ACOMIN is calling on the mass media to “Advocate for government at all levels to increase their budgetary allocations to malaria in particular and health in general, adding that the fight against the ailment will require mass  contribution from  communities, philanthropists and the private sector in sustaining  malaria targeted interventions.

The  august body  charged officials of Kano State of Ministry Health   to  squarely address the issue of shortage of public conveniences that are existent in health centre facilities across all parts of the state, adding that the  State Primary Health Care Management Board should also  organize capacity building progranmmes for  health facility staff on the need for strict adherence to malaria guidelines.

Saying “Religious leaders and the Ward Development Committee (WDC) members should encourage pregnant women to uptake available malaria services provided at the health facilities. Ward Development Community and Facility Health Community (WDC)/FHC) officials should ensure effective maintenance and proper management of the health facilities, particularly the inflow and outflow of consumables and non-consumables.

 

ACOMIN said that  major challenges  crippling efforts to improve health delivery services in Kano state includes, “Inadequate supply of Intermittent prevention Therapy (IPT) and Sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (SP) at most of the facilities. Inadequate toilet facilities in several health centres across the state.Poor adherence to malaria treatment guidelines by health workers. Inadequate supply of Long-lasting Insecticide (LLIN).”

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