Group trains 462 health workers for malaria prevention initiative in Ebonyi

The Tip Top JHPIEGO, an International Non-Governmental Organisation with headquarters in Abuja, has trained 462 health workers to prosecute its malaria prevention initiative in Ebonyi.

Dr Barthlomew Odio, the organisation’s Malaria Technical Advisor made the disclosure in Abakaliki in an interview.

Odio said that the organisation is presently concentrating on Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state as its pilot area of operation.

“The well-trained heath workers in conjunction with relevant council authorities ensure that all pregnant women in the area register for Ante-Natal services in health facilities.

“The health workers visit homes, identify pregnant women and ensure that they access proper medication to prevent malaria infection.

“They also distribute malaria drugs to the pregnant women at no cost”.

He noted that the organisation concentrated its activities in Ohaukwu because the council has the highest malaria prevalence rate in the state.

“We hope to extend our operations to other councils of the state as we are equally operating in one council each in Niger and Ondo presently,”.

Odio said that its activities in Ebonyi are geared towards assisting the state government in eradicating malaria in the state.

“Malaria is a major menace to the society which makes us increase awareness on the dangers it poses.

“We seek to elicit action from everyone in the fight against the disease as captured in the theme of the 2021 world malaria day celebration,”.

He called on the citizens to adhere to precautionary measures in preventing malaria such as keeping their environment clean, sleeping inside insecticide-treated mosquito nets, among others.

“When people experience symptoms of malaria, they should not indulge in self medication but access relevant health facilities to be tested and given adequate treatment.

“The fight against malaria should not be left to the government and organisations alone but should be fought collectively through meeting required obligations."

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