Pregnant Women and children under the age of five have been charged to sleep under long lasting insecticide treated bed nets as they are more vulnerable to malaria attack.
Africare, a four-star eater, African-American founded development organization that works for improvement of quality of life of people in Africa in collaboration with ExxonMobil and Roll Back Malaria, gave the advice in Eket, Akwa Ibom State during a demonstration of Bednet Hanging exercise in communities in Eket as part of the activities to mark this year’s World Malaria Day.
Dr Imaikop Edet, the project director, Africare, who addressed the occasion, regretted that high mortality rate recorded in pregnant women and children under five have been traced to malaria, but however assured that Africare has over the years been devoted to reducing the menace in Africa by working as partners with other relevant agencies to help local populations build sustainable, healthy and productive communities.
“Despite this historic progress, malaria remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for more than half the world’s population, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, where a child still dies every minute from this preventable and curable disease. We need sustained collective efforts to ensure continued success and free the world from malaria,” he said. Edet explained the Africare has over the years, successfully implemented numerous malaria control programmes at the household and community levels in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and more. “We have trained thousands of community members, especially women’s groups, in these countries on how to recognize and promptly manage simple malaria cases, and refer complicated cases.