During an event to assess the impact of malaria programmes in Nigeria held by the National Malaria Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, The Head, Case Management Branch, National Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr Godwin Ntadom, who represented Dr. Bala Mohammed Audu the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) National Coordinator,  adviced Expectant mothers to register at any Primary Health Centre (PHC) close to them and get free sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) provided by the government to be malaria free, saying that “Malaria during pregnancy increases neonatal mortality by lowering birth weight, whereas fever in the week before birth has a further independent effect in addition to inducing premature birth. The prevention of malaria in pregnancy and, thus, of malaria-attributable low birth weight should increase the survival of young babies. A number of randomised controlled trials of preventive antimalarial measures during pregnancy have confirmed this causal effect by showing that preventing malaria increases birth weight, urging ’ expectant mothers to treat malaria with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) and sleeping under Long Lasting Treated Insecticide Net (LLTIN).

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