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Yobe targets 1m children for immunization against malaria

Yobe state Primary healthcare Management Board says it’s targeting over one million under five children in this years seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention campaign.

The Executive Secretary of the Board Dr Kundi Machina started this during the Flagg off of the camping held at the Damaturu Emirs place.

The World Health Organization recommended the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention campaign for areas with high seasonal malaria transmission in the Sahel sub region.

The camping in Yobe state is a collaboration between the state Ministry of Health, State Primary Healthcare Management Board, the World Health Organization and other malaria partners.

The Executive Secretary of the Yobe state Healthcare Management Board Dr Kundi Machina said the programme is in line with commitment of the Federal and state governments and indeed the Roll back Malaria partners to stem out the scourge of Malaria in Yobe state and the Country at large.

He said studies have shown that administion of monthly Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention drugs for up to four months during the peak malaria transmission season in children aged from 3- 59 months would greatly reduce malaria morbidity and mortality Dr Kundi Machina further appealed to parents and guidance of eligible children to take advantage of the initiative and get their wards protected against malaria.

Earlier, the Director Immunization Of Yobe state Primary Healthcare Management Board Dr Umar Chiroma said, malaria has been an epidemic disease in tropical Africa with an estimated ninety percent of total global malaria incidence and death occurring in the region particularly among pregnant women and children.

He pointed out that over seven hundred children were prevented through the use of the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention and other preventive measure like the use of insecticidal treated mosquito net.

Reporting by Alkasim Bala , Editing by Omotola Oguneye