By Emeka Nwokocha
In continuation of ACOMIN’s routine monitoring of the Global Fund for ATM sponsored Free Malaria Treatment in Delta State, ACOMIN Programme Officer, Mr. Austin Uwede, has called on the leadership of Sapele Local Government Council to support the ongoing free malaria treatment in six health facilities in the Council.
Uwede, who was accompanied by his team, made the call, Monday 16 May, 2022, at the Council secretariat in Sapele, while briefing the Secretary of the Council, Hon. Felix Ayemidejor about the progress made so far in the free malaria treatment programme.
Uwede said, “the Global Fund for ATM sponsored free malaria treatment is being implemented in 13 states of the country including Delta state which has 8 local government areas benefiting from the programme.”
He continued, “in Sapele local government, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, we are using selected facilities as treatment centres. We have 2 Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in each facility to effectively monitor the programme to ensure it operates smoothly.”
Speaking further, Uwede said, “our primary activities is geared at ensuring the malaria commodities supplied to the facilities are judiciously utilized for the programme and the beneficiaries are treated for malaria with the drugs provided. He continued, “in the course of the programme, when we identify gaps, we engage with the communities and the local government council to fix them in order not to obstruct the services.”
Continuing, he noted, “one of the challenges we have found out is that there is shortage of nurses virtually in all the facilities, and the furniture (tables and chairs) is also in bad shape.”
Uwede appealed to the chairman of the council, Hon. Eugene Inoaghan to replace the broken furniture at the facilities so as to creating an enabling environment for the health officers to carry out their duties effectively.
He drew the attention of Hon. Ayemidejor to a stock of medical equipment in the Council’s secretariat, donated by the member representing Sapele Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, and requested that the equipment should be distributed to the health facilities to improve their services.
In his response, Hon. Ayemidejor commended ACOMIN for its role in ensuring the free malaria treatment programme runs smoothly. He promised that the request would be communicated to the Chairman of the Council, even as he stated that efforts were being made by the leadership of the council to distribute the medical equipment to health facilities to address the infrastructure challenges.