The United States government’s investment in Sokoto State has contributed to the reduction of malaria prevalence in children from 9.7 per cent in 2008 to 6.2per cent in 2014.
This was disclosed yesterday by the Head of Party, Targeted States High Impact Project, TSHIP, Mr Nosa Orabotan, an NGO body supported by United States Agency for International Development,
USAID, as TSHIP is known to promote good governance in the country. Orabotan said the collaboration between the state and USAID had applied a three-pronged strategy to achieve the success.
According to him, the success was achieved through the expanded access to long-lasting insecticide treated nets, increased use of better malaria diagnostics and effective anti-malarial medicines.
The USAID/TSHIP support in Sokoto shows three fold percentage increase in children subjected to confirmatory diagnosis for malaria from 20 per cent in 2011 to 56 per cent in 2014.
“There was increase in access to Artemisinin based combination therapy in treatment of children with fever from 48 per cent in 2011 to 66 per cent in 2013,’’ Orabotan said.
He noted that 300 healthcare providers and patent medicine sellers’ in the state were trained to diagnose malaria correctly.
Orabotan said that in the past five years, more than 8,300 community health facility workers were trained to provide malaria related services.
He added that the state, in collaboration with other partners, used advocacy and mass media campaigns to ensure malaria commodities were available.
He further said the campaign was also to ensure that messages on the effective use of bed nets reached the target audience.
Malaria is considered a major cause of maternal mortality and poor child development in Nigeria and other developing nations.
According to the Federal Ministry of Health, malaria is responsible for 30 per cent childhood deaths and 25 per cent death of children under one year.

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