At least 567 people died of malaria-related diseases in Kano in 2018, just as the state government spent over N500 million to combat and eliminate the dreaded disease within a period of two years.
The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso who revealed this on Thursday said the Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration has remained committed in meeting the health needs of the people in the state.
Speaking during a press briefing to mark the 2019 African Vaccination Week and World Malaria Day, Getso urged residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites which he identified as the major cause of the disease.
According to him, the money was spent through distribution of free anti-malaria drugs to various health facilities across the state.
He further stated that, “94 per cent of confirmed uncomplicated malaria cases recorded in 2018 was treated with about 567 deaths attributed to the disease. In economic terms, malaria morbidity and mortality led to loss of billions of Naira in cost of drugs, hospital stay, man-hour loss and other out-of-the-pocket expenses.
“In Kano state, malaria is the single most common reason for outpatient consultations and visitation. It is estimated that in 2018, there was more than 1.3 million hospital visits (34.4 per cent of OPD attendance) and one per cent of the total public hospitals and admissions as well as 54 per cent of the referrals through the newly designed two-way hospital referrals system were due to menace of malaria.”
He noted Ganduje’s administration has also provided malaria diagnostic kits, free malaria prevention drugs to women, as well as distribution of free long lasting insecticide treated nets in all the 44 Local Government Areas.
According to him, malaria can be easily prevented by limiting ones exposure to mosquitoes and mosquito bites, pointing out that the prime point of attack by mosquitoes is at night when people are asleep.