By Chioma Obinna
With about 400,000 cases of malaria reported in Lagos public health facilities annually, the State government says theÂ Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) programme would now be repeated every sixÂ months even as each householdÂ will get two Long-Lasting Insecticide Nets, LLIN.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris also said the IRS programme wil be expanded to six more Local Government Areas of the State using better susceptible insecticides, Kâ€™Othrine.
According to him, â€œMalaria is responsible for 30 percentÂ childhood morbidity; 25 per cent mortality among pregnant women; more than 70 per cent of outpatient attendance in the public health facilities in Lagos State; and 400,000 cases of the illness that are reported annually.â€
Speaking onÂ the theme ofÂ this yearâ€™s World Malaria Day â€“ â€œCounting Malaria Outâ€ and the slogan â€œCount Me In,â€ he said â€œIt is apt in view of the collective responsibilities of everyone including governments at all levels, civil society organizations, communities, corporate organizations and even individuals to reduce the scourge of malaria.â€
He noted thatÂ governmentâ€™s renewed commitment to tackleÂ malaria is manifested in the usage of a multi-prong approach with emphasis on evidence-based research for policy formulations and programming.
Idris noted apart from the all the other control strategies that have been implemented which include; effective case management with ACTs; promotion of utilization of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets and prevention of malaria in pregnancy using Intermittent Preventive Therapy, more emphasis has been placed on environmental management and integrated vector control including operational research for evidence-based programming.