STATE MALARIA ELIMINATION PROGRAM AND NEED FOR INTEGRATION OF HEALTH SERVICES

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STRENGTHENING OF PHC SYSTEM: DR BETTA EDU CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT FROM CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES

Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu while receiving the Monitoring and Evaluation team of Catholic Relief Services in her office last week noted that quality data assessment which has been concluded in the state for malaria is key because we are not just interested in increasing access to services for cross Riverians but we want to know if our services rendered are of good quality.

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In Cross River State Health sector emphasis is now placed on integration of services. We need to build a system rather than the vertical individual programs. Presently in Cross River State, there is no Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week that Malaria services, HIV services, Immunisation services etc are not integrated as part of packages for women and children care.

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She said emphasis is shifting from lack of data to strengthening of health system to produce quality data. “if the system is working then bringing out quality data will not be a problem to the Agency and the SMOH. ” We are confident that the system will be totally fixed”.

She went further to state that, the Agency has been pushing for school based malaria programs and have recently launched integrated outreaches with a basket full of services in 261 communities of which malaria service is key, routine immunization, vitamins A supplementation and deworming of children form communities across the State is on going.Finally she call on Catholic Relief Society to be part of the integrated outreaches program and also support the Agency and state.

Earlier Speaking, Dr Onugu Nnemeka said Cross River State is one of the six regional hub of Catholic Relief Services noted that CRS and Primary health care have improved greatly from field results which ascertained the quality of data produced by the M&E officers.

He said Catholic Relief Services is working on global fund support for storage of commodities, Data Validation meeting at LGAs, RBMs Coordinating meeting and integrated supportive supervision across the state.

Dr Nnemeka assured the Agency of their continuous support to the strengthening of M&E in the State.

In the other related news the refresher training for continuous Long Lasting Insecticide Nets  Distribution in Cross River State for selected stakeholders has been concluded in Calabar.

The training which was held at Axari Hotels, Calabar is to strengthen capacity of Local government and state malaria officers on continuous distribution of long lasting insecticide treated net in the State.

Dr Betta Edu hinted that with the support of National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and partners we will put in place a system of an uninterrupted distribution of long lasting insecticide nets across the State for the attainment of Universal Coverage of LLINs use.

She said in Cross River State several strategies have been adopted to fight and eliminate Malaria such as School based Malaria intervention led by the wife of Governor Dr Linda Ayade through Mediatrix Development Foundation, facility based Net distribution during antenatal care and EPI, community based distribution as well as distribution during maternal newborn and child health week.

Dr Edu call on all stakeholders to quickly identify gaps and proffer solution to the State Malaria Elimination plans.

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