Borno state Deputy Governor Alhaji Umar Kadafur administering anti-malaria drugs to a child signifying the flagging off of 2020 seasonal malaria prevention campaign in Maiduguri. Photo: Dauda Iliya RN.
About two million children are to be provided with free anti-malaria drugs in the first phase of the seasonal malaria prevention campaign in Borno state.
World Health Organisation, WHO National Consultant Malaria Program in Emergencies, Dr Iniabasi Nglass stated this during the launch of the campaign in Maiduguri.
Dr Inglass said the malaria prevention drugs would be administered to children between 3 to 59 months in all the twenty-five local government areas of the state.
“We are doing this for four months. We are starting in July, around the same time in August, September and October we will still go out for the campaign. We are issuing child health card to know the status of every child”. Dr Inglass said.
Dr Aisha Gubio of the Federal Ministry of Health said the campaign will be conducted simultaneously in the nine Sahelian states.
They are Borno, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara states.
Borno state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur observed that the campaign would help reduce malaria burden in the state.
He urged parents and guardians to avail their children and wards for the anti-malaria drugs.