By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—ANAMBRA State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Christian Aid for the fight of malaria scourge in the state.
Under the programme, about 50 per cent of the budget would be spent on the procurement of malaria drugs and their components.
The country director of the programme, Dr. Charles Usie, who spoke at the launch of the programme in Awka, said that the agency had been working in Anambra State since 2003, adding that the scope of the current programme, which began in June, 2015, would be expanded to benefit more people.
According to him, Christian Aid would implement the present National Malaria Elimination Programme on the Global Fund New Funding malaria grant in the 21 local government areas in the state.
Usie added that in each of the 21 local governments, 17 health facilities, made up of 16 Primary Health Canters and one General Hospital, as well as 30 selected community- oriented resource persons known as Role Model Care Givers, RMCGs, would be engaged to ensure that services were offered to the most vulnerable and in the hard- to -reach settlements in the state.
Anambra State Health Commissioner, Dr. Joe Akabuike urged donor agencies to weigh the cost of logistics against the real services rendered in the fight against malaria.
Akabuike said he believed that the cost of logistics was too high and that agencies which help the state fight the scourge of malaria should ask themselves if the money used in their projects achieved the desired aim.
He said that Anambra is a malaria ‘burden state’ with 63 per cent hospital attendance accounting for malaria disease; 80 per cent of child mortality from malaria and 11 per cent of maternal death arising from the disease, a situation he described as worrisome.