By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE Enugu State Government has taken a bold step towards tackling malaria scourge with the flagging-off of the distribution of over 250,000 insecticide treated nets and drugs to the people of the state.
Performing the ceremony yesterday, Wife of Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Clara Chime, said healthcare delivery occupies premium position in the administration of the state government, stressing that the initiative would compliment governmentâ€™s free maternal and child health programmefor a healthy Enugu state.
The lamented that despite series of efforts by the government to tackle the malaria scourge, it had continued to ravage many homes and was turning into the greatest nightmare for the country.
â€œMalaria affects pregnant women and children adversely. We cannot act like we are not aware that the scourge of malaria affects our children adversely, for example attendance to school and their overall well-being.Â The story is not different when we consider the effect of malaria on our children and those whose immunityhas been compromised,â€ she said.
According to her,Â the good thing about the alarming situation was the fact that the disease was preventable, could be treated and cured, stressing that strengthening infrastructure and equipment were necessary to tackle the disease.
She said that the state governmentâ€™sÂ 4-point agenda, which runs in all the local governments of the state has malaria control and child care as a priority, and calledÂ on the people of the state to take advantage of the distribution of the nets to protect themselves against malaria.
Also speaking, State Commissioner for Health, Uche Uzochukwu, explained that government committed about N235 million to procure the drugs, stressing that they were meant to take care of the health needs of the 17 councils of the state.