Health care delivery is one of the top priorities of Mallam Dikko Umar Radda administration.
The Deputy Governor Mallam Faruk Lawal Jobe stated this during the launch of 2023 seasonal malaria chemo prevention campaign held at Palace of the Galadiman Katsina District head of Malumfashi.
The Deputy Governor who was represented by his Cheif of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff Government House Barrister Mukhtar Aliyu Saulawa said team of trained personnel would be moving house to house to administer the drugs to eligible children free of charge in all 361 political wards across the state and about 2.2 million under five years children are targeted for the exercise.
Malam Faruk Lawal Jobe observed that, Katsina state is the pioneer state, that first started the implementation of the campaign in the 2013 and now it is being implemented on 21 states across the country.
He said from the record of the state Ministry of health the campaign prevented about 75 percent of all clinical malaria episodes since the beginning of the intervention.
The Deputy Governor noted that the recorded success translated to decrease in the incidence of malaria cases, morbidity and mortalities associated with malaria and its complications especially during peak of raining season of July, August and September yearly among target children.
He called on the care givers of children under five years to ensure compliance with the drugs In view of the fact that, it’s safe free and effective in prevention of malaria.
Earlier the acting PS state ministry of health Dr Muawiyya Aliyu explained that the major aim of the campaign is to reduce the burden of maleria among children’s under the age of five.
Dr Muawiyya Aliyu noted that maleria is a life threatening disease that is transmitted from one person to another through mosquito bite.
He stated that according to the latest World maleria report, there were about 247 million cases of malaria with about 619,000 deaths while Nigeria suffered the World greatest maleria burden with approximately 51 million cases 207,000 death.
Representatives of donor agencies on health matters Dr Ahmed Muhammad Qabasiyyu and Dr Lawal Rabe Dandakyal expressed their readiness to continue supporting health related issues in the state.
They also spoke extensively on the efforts they are making to make Katsina state malaria free state.
The Chairman Malumfashi Local government area Maharazu Adamu Dayi who expressed gratitude for selecting his local government to launch the programme reiterated the local council commitment to give it support to ensure its success.
In a vote of thanks the Galadiman Katsina District head of Malumfashi justice Sadiq Abdullahi Mahuta represented by the magajin garin Malumfashi Dr Zayyanu Abubakar assured that, the traditional ruler will give all the necessary support to achieve the desired objectives.