By Mosope Kehinde
Oyo State Government says it has intensified efforts to deliver zero malaria by investing in innovative ways
to implement strategies against the menace.
Commissioner of Health, Dr Bode Ladipo disclosed this while speaking in Ibadan on the occasion of this year’s World Malaria Day
Dr Oladipo represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Adeyanju Olusoji, said efforts of the state was yielding positive results in the management, control and elimination of malaria.
He said there was a reduction in the percentage of uncomplicated malaria cases from 74% in 2020 to 57% in the year 2022 as well as a reduction in fever cases from 75% to 56%.
The commissioner said the giant strides in the fight against malaria needed to be stepped up for Oyo State and Nigeria in general to deliver a zero-malaria country.
“In furtherance to this, we have provided a State Reference Laboratory in collaboration with IPS for malaria quality control to improve the capacity of health workers in malaria diagnosis and treatment.
“This laboratory will serve the Southwest states. Furthermore, the Seasonal Malaria Chenio-prevention was Implemented in the state for children 3-59 months across 6 LGAs in the Oke Ogun area with high malaria burden. The impact felt was a reduction in malaria cases from 73% to 52% in the Children.”
In a goodwill message, Oyo State Coordinator, Breakthrough Action Nigeria, Mrs Oluwatoyin Afachung and other implementing partners commended the state government for providing an enabling environment for them to strive, promising more robust people’s engagement, especially at the grassroots.
The highlight of the event was the symbolic handover of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment to thirty private facilities in the state