As the world continues to battle COVID 19 as a global pandemic, a Non Governmental Organization- Restoration Of The Dignity Of Womanhood ( ROTDOW) has restated its commitment not to relent in sensitizing and mobilizing communities to take ownership of malaria prevention, control and treatment as part of efforts to ensure zero malaria status.
The Chief Executive Officer, ROTDOW, Mrs. Olabisi Omolona while noting that this year’s theme on World Malaria Day is ” ZERO MALARIA STARTS WITH ME”, said attaining zero malaria status means every hand must be on deck and everyone must be involved.
According to her, ROTDOW will not relent in its effort to keep most especially the under 5 children and pregnant women safe from the effect of malaria as it targets grassroot campaign that will empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care.
While also noting that prevention campaign has to an extent reduce the death toll, especially through the use of insecticides and long lasting insecticides nets, Mrs. Omolona said there still a long way to go in creating continuous awareness and prevention, as well as lobbying for better political support which must continue and increase in order to eradicate and prevent deaths from Malaria.
She however called on high risk groups to obey the directives of sleeping inside long lasting insecticides nets.
“Mosquitoes are the most common carriers and spreads of Malaria. A malaria infection is generally characterised by the following signs and symptoms: Fever, Chills, Headache, Nausea and Vomiting, Muscle pain and fatigue
We want to implore the high-risk groups these include pregnant women , children under five years of age and patients with HIV/AIDS, as well as non-immune migrants and travellers to continue to abide by the directives of sleeping inside long lasting insecticides nets.
Mosquitoes nets are in all our Health Facilities and it will be given to you on request. Long-lasting insecticides nets can be washed with mild soap if dirty and sow when tear”, she stressed just as she appealed to all pregnant women to register for antenatal care early, keep their appointments date and use the intermittent preventive treatment for malaria(sulphadoxine-pyrimetamine) as at when due to prevent malaria in pregnancy.