The Kano state government says it would spend over N3 billion to fight the scourge of malaria in collaboration with Malaria Consortium.
DAILY FOCUS reports that this was revealed by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Sunday, while flagging off Season Malaria Chemeprevention and Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week in Bichi local government area of the state.
Mr Ganduje said his administration “would do everything humanly possible to do away with Malaria which is one of the health problems disturbing societies in tropical Africa. We cannot afford to lose this fight against Malaria.”
The governor also noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted attention from other serious health problems that deserve intervention.
“It is glaring that global attention is turned to COVID-19 pandemic. We are witnessing the same situation across the country. This, we think should be revisited. That is why we are coming up with this and similar programmes. We need to also give our attention to other illnesses,” he said.
“This programme is aimed at saving our pregnant women and children. Pregnant women should bring themselves for this opportunity and bring forth their children. People should cooperate with government to improve healthcare system”.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Health, Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa explained that the MNCH week will be conducted in all the 44 local government areas of the the state each month from July to October 2020.
“The exercise entails administration of Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine plus Amodiaquine (SPAQ) to children of 3 to 59 months. And therefore targeted 2,835,462 children in the state,” he said.