Africare, a non-profit Organization has reached no fewer than 30,000 residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja with the 2019 ‘Power Forward’ Malaria Awareness Programme aimed at totally eradicating the disease in the country.
The Officer in Charge, Africare Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Adah, made this known during its outreach Programme in Kobi Community of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
The ‘Power Forward’ programme, which is implemented by Africare in partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) is supported by ExxonMobil.
Speaking during the outreach in Kobi, Adah noted that the programme is part of activities to mark the 2019 malaria day which held on the 25th of April.
He lamented that Nigeria has one of the worst malaria cases in the world. According to him, “Nigeria represent about 25 pet cent of the malaria burden in the world. So it’s important that we all take the issue of malaria very serious.”
The Officer in Charge informed that the Kobi community was chosen because of the high burden of malaria.
He said, “If you go to the clinic you’ll find out that malaria prevalence is very high, we are here to sensitize this community about malaria, to let them know that malaria is treatable and preventable. We will reach 30,000 people with malaria messages and conduct free test to 500 people.
“We will also distribute free treated nets to pregnant women and children under the age of five. The treated net we are distributing today is very effective against mosquitoes, mosquitoes are not resistant to it. Sleeping under a treated net will prevent about 50 per cent of malaria cases in a year.”
Adah further said that theme for the 2019 Outreach Programme “Zero malaria begins with me, join me” emphasizes individual commitment and also the need to collectively work to ensure that malaria burden is reduced to zero.
Also speaking, a representative of the NBA, Mr. Tunde Adekola, said the ‘Power Forward’ Malaria Awareness Programme which is in its sixth year has been very important in reducing malaria burden in the FCT.
According to Adekola, at least 6000 treated nets have been distributed and about 3,000 people have been given free test and treatment.
“The NBA will keep partnership and support Africare and ExxonMobil in the fight against malaria,” he assured.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Community, Mr. Audu Kaura, showed appreciation for the for the malaria outreach.
Kaura said the outreach will help improve the health conditions of the residents.
“I appreciate the activities taking place here today, because when there is health there is life. I appreciate Africare, ExxonMobil and NBA for choosing this community and the efforts they are making to see that we are Healthy,” he said.
The stakeholders that attended the Kobi community malaria outreach include: Officer in charge of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) Kobi, Mrs. Sally Adegbe; FCT-Roll Back Malaria Program Manager, Pharm. Alhassan Musa; AMAC malaria focal person, Mr. Dan Mathew; and representative of the National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) Mr. Chukwu Okoronkwo.