Bauchi state steps up malaria elimination

The Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria has begun to conduct Indoor Residual fumigation of about 6,000 structures in Dambam Local Government Area of the state.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Mansur Dada, stated this at the flag–off of the exercise on Saturday in Dambam, Bauchi.

He said that the exercise was aimed at reducing the incidences of malaria in the state, adding that the spray would last for six days.

“The exercise is collaboration between the Federal Government and Bauchi state Government which is also a pilot exercise. The exercise will also in later time be conducted in the remaining 19 LGAs with the same aim of reducing the burden of malaria,’’ he said.

The Dambam Caretaker Chairman, Mr Mohammed Jauro, commended the agency for selecting Dambam for the pilot exercise of the spray.

Also, the representative of the district head of Dambam, Alhaji Lamido Idris, appreciated the agency for selecting and training Dambam youths for the exercise.

Burden of Malaria in Nigeria

According to the Nigeria Malaria Elimination Programme, malaria is “responsible for 60% outpatient visits to health facilities, 30% childhood death, 25% of death in children under one year and 11% maternal death”, adding that “the financial loss due to malaria annually is estimated to be about by 132 billion Naira in form of treatment costs, prevention, loss of man-hours”.

RBM in Nigeria anchors on the global strategies for malaria control which are multi-pronged and of proven efficacy. These include:

  • Prompt and Effective Case Management;
  • Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in pregnancy;
  • Integrated Vector Management including Use of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs), Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) and Environmental Management.

Other cross-cutting interventions include Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization, Effective Programme Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Partnership and Collaborations.
Rafat S.