From Chris Gaga, Makurdi
The Benue government has resolved to offer free malaria treatment in all its facilities, according to the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Emmanuel Eru
Eru disclosed this on Thursday in Makurdi, at a meeting organised by the health ministry in collaboration with Breakthrough Action-Nigeria (BA-N).
Represented by the Director, Public Health, Dr Terna Kur, the commissioner said that the resolve was in furtherance to government’s desire to rid the state of malaria.
“In line with this resolve, government has trained some personnel to shore up the quality of health services delivered to the people,” he said.
Eru called on BA-N to redouble its efforts in the fight against malaria, promising to give the organisation all support required to enable it achieve the goal of eliminating malaria.
Also speaking, Mr Idowu Akanmu, Senior Technical Advisor of BA-N, said that the organisation would intervene in only eight, out of Benue’s 23 Local Government Areas.
Akanmu listed the local governments to include Kwande, Ushongo, Gboko, Tarka, Ado, Gwer East, Oju and Ogbadibo.
He also cautioned people against self medication, urging them to go for test whenever they had fever.
”If the test confirms that you have malaria, you should endeavour to treat it within 24 hours.”
He also advised people to sleep in treated mosquito nets, saying that the measure was one of the sure ways of eliminating malaria.
In his remarks, Mr Agbo Kusai, the State Logistics Advisor, Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC), appealed to medical personnel in the health facilities not to sell items meant for the treatment of malaria, “especially the drugs sent by donor agencies”.
Also speaking, Chief Sule Abenga, Chairman, Makurdi Traditional Council, and Rev Akpen Leva, State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, pledged to sensitise people on the need to always sleep inside treated mosquito nets.