Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention a program which targeted at preventing approximately 75% of all malaria episodes is campaigning through door to door across various local government areas of Adamawa state
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. Children aged under 5 years are the most vulnerable group affected by malaria.
In the past few years, Nigeria has recorded reduction in malaria burden and deaths, but there is still much work to do to achieve a zero-burden status as the country still has a high case burden.
To reduce malaria infections in Adamawa State, Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention is campaigning through door to door across various local government areas, this is in preparation of implementing its program of ensuring intermittent administration of full course of antimalarial medicine to children under the age of 5 aimed to maintain therapeutic in the blood and also to prevent them from getting malaria.
The Adamawa state government is not left out of implementing the program, their duty is to Coordinate malaria implementing partners, Provision of logistics tools, Supporting the entire SMC process amongst others
The Adamawa State Coordnator of the World Health Organization said, the success of the intervention will result to the reduction of fever/malaria incidence amongst children under 5 and ultimately reduce severe malaria cases and will reduce mortality associated with malaria.
He also stated that WHO is supporting the full implementation of the program in Adamawa state
Other partners which are part of implementing the program said, the initiative will Provide life-saving emergency assistance to the most vulnerable people in conflict-affected areas ensuring that assistance is timely and appropriate and meets relevant technical standards.