By Mohammed Ismail, Yola
No fewer than one million children from 3 – 59 months old are billed to get free malaria treatment in Adamawa State in 2022.
Making the disclosure during a one day sensitization for media personnel, Adamawa State malaria program manager, Benjamin Nashion said the feat will be implemented through a World Health Organization (WHO) intervention programme called Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC).
He noted that the exercise for 2022 will kickstart on Thursday 2nd June, 2022 and will end in October this year, adding that the rationale for scheduling the program during the rainy season is because it is the time when malaria was prevalent.
Nashion urged the media practitioners to help in sensitizing the general public of the program for optimal result.
Also speaking, the national consultant Malaria in emergency northeast WHO office, Dr. Ini Abasi Nglass, said, the exercise has recorded tremendous success in 2021.
She however noted that the exercise encountered some pockets of challenges like late arrival of materials to the end users and lack of clear understanding of the process by some health personnel.
But she noted that in order to avoid similar challenges, materials have been deployed early this year just as the health personnel get more training.
She noted that the event will last for four days while on the fifth day a mop up exercise will be conducted to attend to those children that were not attended to during the exercise.
Nglass expressed optimism that this year’s exercise will attain 100 percent success meaning that all the children targeted will be duly covered.