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Ezenyimulu outlines benefits of preventing illness

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IN LINE with the quote, “Prevention is better than cure”, the Executive Secretary (ES), Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Chioma Ezenyimulu, has stated the benefits of preventing an illness rather  than  planning for its cure.

  Dr. Ezenyimulu said this during an advocacy follow-up visit by the Malaria Eradication and Safe Health Initiative (MESHI) under the Global Fund Community Rights and Gender (CRG) project.

 The advocacy centered on Community Diagnosis for Malaria Intervention and was carried out in three communities of Anambra State.

 The ES said that the National Malaria Elimination Programme, also funded by Global Fund, was again up and running with series of activities being carried out.

 “We have just concluded pieces of training in the state, local government areas (LGAs) and micro planning, which were all geared toward the upcoming distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) in the state..

“The cost of malaria treatment from the out-of-pocket expenditure of citizens is relatively high, so we must do everything to prevent malaria.

“We derived our modes of intervention from the modes of transmission of the disease, which in this case is preventing the bite of the female anopheles mosquito through the use of the ITNs.”

 Dr. Ezenyimulu expressed gratitude to all involved in their concerted efforts to eradicate malaria and thanked the team for the advocacy.

  The Team Leader and Executive Director, MESHI, Prof. Dennis Aribodor, elaborated that health intervention programmes, including malaria intervention, have been a top-down approach for quite some time.

  He noted some reasons for the advocacy: to budget for the provision and distribution of free insecticidal treated mosquito nets for malaria prevention and to ensure free antenatal services for pregnant mothers in the state health facilities.

 Also, to work toward adequate creation of awareness and public enlightenment for malaria prevention and control using effective means and to budget and ensure periodic fumigation/indoor residual spraying to protect from malaria in our communities.

 Dr Chukwudi Egbuche, Assistant Coordinator, MESHI, opined that their organisation was available to ensure routine checks to monitor how intervention projects are being carried out.

  “Our key emphasis is on sustainability, and our aim is on how activities and projects are carried out effectively.”

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