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The Ogun State Government has said it is winning the war against malaria through it’s pro-active programmes aimed at combating the disease.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka stated this at the Annual Development of the Operational Plan (AOP) 2015 on Malaria Elimination held in Ijebu-Ode.

Soyinka, represented by the Director, Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Quudus Yusuff noted that the state government has been able to achieve this through distribution of mosquito nets to pregnant women during ante-natal clinics and encouragement of people to utilise the public health facilities available in the state to get adequate and proper medical treatment.

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He said the various efforts geared at combating malaria can be captured in the areas of prevention, treatment, creating behavioural change communication and also in ensuring that essential commodities or malaria treatment are available.

According to the commissioner, the AOP is a yearly development of a programme to know “what we are going to do for the year, where and how we are going to do it, who is going to do it, and how we are going to do it.”

Earlier, the State Malaria Programme Manager, Mrs. Olamide Adeyinka said the state officials after distributing Long Lasting Insecticide Nets to the populace, ensure that they sleep under it through social mobilisation, especially at the grass roots, to help prevent malaria in the state.

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She stated that government is “also preaching that people should endeavour to get tested and diagnosed before treatment after which they will be given Arthemis (ACT) which has been supplied to the primary healthcare centres freely,” adding that the AOP is a properly costed plan that will attend to all that is needed to combat malaria in the state.

In an interview, the Technical Malaria Manager, Support for National Malaria Programme (SuNMap), Dr. Busola Oyeyemi said the “essence of the AOP is to build the capacity of malaria elimination in the state.”

In her own remark, one of the participants, Mrs. Olabisi Sanni said that the details in the AOP would be developed and accumulated into the Local Government Malaria Operational Plan to facilitate the preventive measures at the grassroots.

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SOURCE: WORLDSTAGE

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