Ogun provides free test, drugs in hospitals

Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The Ogun State Government has made available free anti-malaria drugs and test in all its health facilities across the State.

The Director , Public Health Department, Ministry of Health, Dr. Festus Olukayode Soyinka, dropped this hint during a sensitization walk to commemorate 2019 World Malaria Day, tagged; ‘’Zero Malaria Start with Me; Join Me’’, held in Abeokuta, the State capital.

Soyinka submitted that malaria parasites, transmitted to people through bites of female Anopheles Mosquitoes, was one of life-threatening diseases in the world, saying it was preventable and curable if reported at early stage.

He also disclosed that the disease was responsible for the death of most under 5 children and pregnant women, adding that premature delivery, still birth, spontaneous abortion, brain damage, coma, loss of muscle function and sudden death are mostly caused by malaria.

The Director enjoined members of the public to be hygienically sensitive, by riding their environment of stagnant water, saying, the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent the transmission was sleeping under Long Lasting Insecticidal Treated Nets.

Also speaking, the Past President, Oke-Ona Rotary Club, Rotarian Fausiat Olajuwon Harun, said the fight against malaria should not be left for government alone, calling on other stakeholders, especially, well-meaning Nigerians, to partner with government, in order to kick the disease out of the society.

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