Over 500 AMAC res­i­dents get free malaria ser­vices

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ruby Leo

A non- gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Di­a­betes Helpline So­ci­ety (DHS), col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil, pro­vided free malaria treat­ment, test­ing and coun­selling for more than 500 res­i­dents of Lugbe com­mu­nity, a sub­urb of the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, DHS, Ms Adanma Odefa, said the ex­er­cise was held to cel­e­brate the World Health Day and Malaria Day.

Odefa noted that vec­tors spread pathogens through in­sects and lice, adding that the two most com­mon ones caused by mos­quito are yel­low fever and malaria which are preva­lent in Nigeria.

Her words: “We are poised to tackle these dis­eases in Lugbe com­mu­nity. What we do is that all the chil­dren un­der five are tested for malaria and also treated if they are found to be pos­i­tive. Women who are preg­nant are given mos­quito nets. Oth­ers that have fever are tested and treated. Those who don’t have fever, also have their blood pres­sure tested.”

She added that she was col­lab­o­rat­ing with the FCT Pri­mary Health Care De­vel­op­ment Board, to ef­fec­tively reach the tar­get num­ber of people in the com­mu­nity.

“The FCT Pri­mary Health Care De­vel­op­ment Board is also giv­ing im­mu­ni­sa­tion. They are giv­ing yel­low fever vac­cine and other rou­tine im­mu­ni­sa­tion vac­cines for chil­dren un­der one. So it’s a com­plete thing re­ally, tar­get­ing yel­low fever and malaria,” she said.

The CEO, Di­a­betes Helpline So­ci­ety, how­ever, dis­closed that most of the people tested for malaria had the dis­ease, say­ing: “Al­most all of them tested to malaria. You know, we carry malaria in our blood most of the time un­less if treated re­cently, the like­li­hood is that you will have malaria, es­pe­cially chil­dren un­der five. Mostly, we see that they are pos­i­tive and we just treat them for malaria,” she said.

Apart from of­fer­ing free malaria test­ing and treat­ment to the in­di­genes, the or­gan­i­sa­tion also gave out free in­sec­ti­cide treated nets to first time preg­nant moth­ers at the oc­ca­sion.

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