….As ACOMIN advocates more testing for Malaria, says COVID 19 not a death sentence
A Non Governmental Organization (NGO) group known as Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition a Civil Society Organizations (CSO) has appealed to Delta State Government to increase its funding for Malaria prevention, treatment among other related in Delta State .
The Civil Society Organization which is working on the mitigation of the impact of Malaria as well as the promotion of immunization and better nutrition in Nigeria is collaborating with government and other relevant stakeholders both at National and State levels in making sure attention is channeled to the treatment of Malaria in Nigeria.
In a state media briefing on Global Fund Malaria Accountability and Advocacy in Warri, Delta State Tuesday 30, June 2020, the Delta State Programme Officer Sir Austin Uwede, disclosed that apart of National effort to address the challenges of Malaria in Nigeria, the (NGO) ACOMIN has been engaged by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) under the ongoing Global Fund (GF) Malaria Grant to implement the civil society component. “The CSOs under this grant are focused on Accountability and Advocacy and the initiative is focused on accountability for commodity utilization, value for money, budgetary appropriations and human resource deployment. The project is being implemented in the thirteen (13) GF supported states, one of which is Delta state”.
According to Sir Uwede who spoke on behalf of the Delta State Coordinator, Pastor Greg Sifo who was represented by Sifo Amejuma, pointed out that since the inception of the project in May 2019, several success stories have been recorded, adding that some of the recent achievements of the project in Delta State include: the Health Centre at Adagbrasa that was closed due to community crisis was re-opened as a result of ACOMIN intervention.
Due to communication gap between the pharmacy and the Ante Natal Clinic at the Central Hospital Warri, LLINs were not supplied for over four (4) months. it was resolved as a result of their intervention as well as leaking roof at Ogbe-Udu PHC and provision of a pumping machine was made available at Ogbe-Udu to solve the water challenge faced at the health centre.
Other achievements in Delta outlined include Pregnant women that did not register for ante-natal clinic due to ignorance of the availability of the service, were registered at the Pessu Health Centre after the Focus Group Discussion (FGD), Malaria intervention amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Carrying out malaria intervention amidst the coronavirus pandemic presents several challenges which includes
Restriction of movement, preventing community health volunteers from carrying out malaria interventions.
Sir Uwede and his NGO group , ACOMIN are advocating for voluntary testing of people for Malaria as some people think if they go for testing it may be covid 19, he advised people not to panic as COVID 19 is not a death sentence it can be treated like another. He urged all to apply the necessary NCDC protocol which included washing of hands , use of face mask avoiding crowded place and use of hand sanitizer as ways to be safe
They commended the Delta State Government for their effort in running the health facilities, appealed to the state Government to urgently intervene and employ capable and qualified health professionals to handle the various health facilities in the state as well build and equip Primary Health Care Centres across the state and provision of Personal Protective Equipments, PPEs.