The Ekiti government has initiated the distribution of antimalarial drugs to over 200 health facilities
The administration of governor Biodun Oyebanji has begun distributing anti-malaria medications and supplies to more than 200 medical establishments throughout the state’s 16 local government areas.
The goal of the initiative under the Immunization Plus and Malaria Progress by Accelerating Coverage and Transformation Services (IMPACT) project of the World Bank was to end the scourge of malaria sickness in the State.
Dr. Oyebanji Filani, the state’s commissioner for health, declared that Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s government was dedicated to eliminating malaria in the State as he flagged off the distribution in the state capital of Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.
The commissioner said the households would receive the goods free of charge when they approached, and she was speaking on behalf of the permanent secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Olushola Gbenga-Igotun.
He said, “We all know that malaria has been a tough war in sub-Saharan Africa and all energy is being put together to eradicate it in our society. It is a serious disease that should be defeated with support from all stakeholders.
“It is going to be in faces but what we are having now will cover 200 health facilities out of the 774 in the state. It is particularly for malaria treatment. We also have drugs that can be used at the secondary facilities to treat malaria.
“The tendency for our people to do self-medication for malaria treatment is there, but we want to stop this habit and we urge our people to approach the hospital in their area where they can be tested to know the kind of malaria we are looking at and the kind of drugs to use.
“I want to advise our people to approach these health facilities to get drugs free of charge for malaria treatment and make use of the opportunities provided by the governor. It is safer and effective for malaria management.”
Mrs. Helen Bankole, program manager of the project, announced that Lagos, Abia, Borno, Imo, and Rivers were selected by the World Bank to combat malaria.
“As of today, Ekiti is the first State on the World Bank-funded Malaria Project to have concluded the NSA-engagement and payment of mobilization fee culminating in the commodities distribution to 200 Health facilities that were selected based on their target population as specified by the project,”
Michael Oyeniran, General Manager of the State Drug Management Agency, cautioned health officers against selling drugs to patients, stating that the government has paid for their free access.