Percentage of Malaria reported cases in Children increased from 44% to75%
Sierra Leone, Freetown: With efforts from Government and its partners, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation through its Malaria Control Programme reported that the percentage of malaria reported cases in Children who sought treatment has increased.
This disclosure was made to Awoko in an interview with the Principal Public Health Sister, Wani Lahai attached to the Malaria Control Programme who confirmed that the percentage in children with fever has increased from 44% to 75% in 2019, as a result of the programme’s uptake, according to the Demographic Health Survey of 2019. She added that the percentage also increased in pregnant women from 20% in 2008 to 94% in 2019 for IPTp 1 and IPTp 2 was 12% in 2008 and 74% in 2019, while IPTp 3 went up by 36% in 2019. IPTp means Intermittent Preventive treatment during Pregnancy, Sister Lahai noted.
In 2020, Wani Lahai said 4,346,613 treated mosquito bed nets were distributed nationwide through an integrated mass campaign and house to house family sensitization on how to deal with COVID-19 and malaria prevention and treatment. She noted that in addition, the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) together with the ministry overtime continue to engage health workers to promote the uptake of malaria prevention and treatment interventions using collaborative methods in a well coordinated manner as well as communicate with the roll back malaria partners to conduct community sensitization and awareness education in their operational districts, citing the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) as key social behavior change implementing partner. “We also conduct community radio and television discussion programmes and hold community engagement with Paramount Chiefs, Inter-Religious Leaders, Members of Parliament, Youth Groups as well as MDA’s about the dangers of malaria and how the community can play a role to encourage people to access the nearest health facility when symptoms of malaria occur”, Sister Lahai concluded. AC/15/9/2021
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