NGO tasks media on robust malaria prevention campaign
Kaduna, April 24,2019 A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) has called for robust media campaign for the prevention of malaria.
Mrs Sekyen Dadik, AMDF Coordinator made the call on Wednesday in Kaduna during a media Round Table in commemoration of 2019 World Malaria Day.
She said that the media should lead the light for mass enlightenment campaign against malaria.
The AMDF official stated that the lack of awareness was responsible for the high level of death of pregnant women and their unborn babies.
She further said that the fight against malaria remained the responsibility of everyone, saying, “the media should play significant role to reduce the prevalence rate to the barest minimum”
“Media enlightenment will bring all stakeholders to work together, malaria is a common enemy that must be fought,” she added.
Dadik said that AMDF had embarked on various programmes aimed at reducing the prevalence rate of malaria.
In her speech, Mrs Cecelia Marcus, Coordinator, Safe Motherhood Office, Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Development Agency said malaria was responsible for 70 per cent of morbidity among pregnant women.
Marcus also said that 63 per cent of clinic attendance and 15 per cent maternal anemia among pregnant women were caused by malaria.
“Malaria is preventable, easily treated and curable, it can be treated during the antenatal care.
“Inability to treat and provide cure for malaria can lead to death, ” she said.