Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Tuesday presented 20,000 doses of free anti-malaria drugs to the people of Enugu West Senatorial District, as part of efforts to fight malaria the scourge in the state. Ekweremadu made the presentation through his non-governmental and not-for-profit organization, Ikeoha Foundation.
The drugs, Artecxin Child, an Artemisinin-based combination therapy, (ACT), for combating malaria in children valued at over N16 million were donated in partnership with the Afrique Biotech West Africa Limited.
Presenting the drugs to the Malaria Focal Persons of the state Ministry of Health for distribution to the targeted persons in the various local government areas in Enugu West, executive director of Ikeoha Foundation, Mrs. Cindy Ezeugwu, said that 146 primary health facilities in the senatorial district would be involved in dispensing the drugs under the existing Malaria Commodity Logistics System of the state.
She said that the gesture was part of the determination of Ekweremadu to boost healthcare delivery and enhance the wellbeing of his constituents. “Estimates by the National Malaria Control Programme indicate that malaria scourge accounts for 60 per cent out-patient visits to health facilities, 30 per cent childhood death, 25 per cent death in children under one year and 11 percent maternal death. “Based on these findings, and the urgent need for intervention, Ikeoha Foundation, in partnership with Afrique Biotech West Africa Limited, rose to the occasion by providing the ant-malaria drugs worth over N16 million,” she said.