The World Health organisation last week supported the state malaria Elimination Program to draft out an action plan for the next one year as the state moves speedily towards elimination of Malaria.
The Honorable Commissioner for Health Cross River State, Dr Inyang Asibong represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Joseph Bassey on the 27th of November declared open a four days Cross River State Malaria Elimination Programme 2017 Review and 2018 Annual Operational Plan Development Workshop.
Dr Bassey said it was important for the operational plan to by owned and implemented by Cross Riverians and not by partners.
he said the Governor of Cross River State has said on several occasions stated that once the soul is willing to get anything done the body will follow so let’s be creative and not wait for Government before the plans is being implemented while lauding WHO for their support in making sure Cross River State have a plan for malaria elimination in 2018.
Earlier Speaking, Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu in her remarks commended WHO for supporting the State plan for malaria elimination for 2018 saying; it is a step in the right direction.
She noted that the Governor of Cross River State is fully committed to seeing that mortality associated with malaria is totally reduced.
Dr Edu stated that the state he done a lot has been done to eliminate malaria from the state, from distribution of net to over 2.5m to house holds, community sensitisation, advocacy to chiefs, provision of free malaria drugs and test kits at all facilities to case management and vector control. beyond the State Government and statutory partners, more funds from SOML has been channeled in to this process to achieve result.
” The State Ministry of Health and the Primary Healthcare Agency has come into agreement on the functionality of State Malaria Elimination Program by introducing a new model where the program is not domicile in the Ministry or the Agency but is been ran together by the two health MDAs of which the honorable commissioner for health is advocating for the module to be shared at the National Council on Health and at the national level said the DG.
Finally she said the wife of the Governor’s NGO; Mediatrix Development Foundation need to be supported to strengthen the school malaria club system intervention where clubs are being set up to help our children understand how to prevent malaria and act as ambassadors in their communities as health workers cannot be everywhere in the communities. According to her the school health is a strong aspect that will compliment the good work of the State and her partners.