The malaria control programme of the ministry of health and Sanitation has ended a two days training session for home management of malaria for Peripheral Health Unit (PHU) staff at the government hospital hall along Combema road in Kenema city.
In his opening remarks the chairman of the programme Sheik Gibril Songu encouraged participants to take the training programme very seriously adding that the project is to ensure that children under the age of five years have access to immediate home treatment of malaria.
In her contribution the malaria control focal person attached to the Kenema government hospital in Kenema city Janet Hindowa disclosed that the programme has been piloted for the Nongowa chiefdom in the Kenema district targeting four communities Nikabo, Talia, Largo and Hangha.
She maintained that the Peripheral Health Unit (PHU) staffs are expected to pass on the knowledge acquired during the training to twenty people for each of the selected communities who will serve as volunteers to give free anti malaria drugs to community members especially children under the age of five years.
Madam Hindowa said, the project is funded by the European Union (EU), and the project is expected to commence in 2009 after the implementation of the pilot phase.
She further disclosed that a monitoring mechanism would be put in place to ensure the judicious use of the drugs in the targeted communities.