Bauchi govt targets 2 million children under five for anti-malaria therapy


The Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria Agency in Bauchi State (BACATMA), has commenced the 2022 Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention Mass Campaign across the 323 wards of the 20 LGAs in the State.

Speaking in Bauchi, the Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr Sani Mohammed Dambam, said the Mass Drug Administration Campaign, done in collaboration with the Malaria Consortium, is aimed at reducing the burden of Malaria in children under five years by 75%.

He said the exercise is most effective during the high transmission period from June to October every year.

Saga Gist report that about two million eligible children of 3-59 months are expected to be reached with effective and safe malaria prevention drugs.

Dr Sani Dambam thanked Governor Bala for his commitment to providing effective Health Care services for the benefit of the common man and thanked the Donor partners Malaria Consortium for their support.

The Zonal Programme Manager, Malaria Consortium, Kabiru Mohammed Gamawa, said about 25,000 different categories of community-level personnel were recruited and trained for the purpose of drug distribution while more than 3,000 government personnel have been engaged in monitoring.

He then advised all personnel involved in the exercise to observe the laid down rules and regulations and called on parents to take advantage of the programme for the well-being of their children.

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