Wednesday, 13 February 2013

SFH Donates 24 Microscopes to Rivers Ministry of Health

By Chioma Andy
Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tammunoiyoriari Parker, has commended the efforts of Society for Family Health (SFH) on their largesse of providing 24 Microscope and other accessories to the Malaria Control Unit of the State Ministry of Health to aid in fighting the menace of malaria in the State. 
Dr. Parker when welcoming the SFH representatives to his office on Tuesday 29 January 2013, said that, “Malaria has killed and is killing more children in the third World and Africa more than all the wars in the continent put together.’’
According to him, the State is running a malaria elimination programme through Bio-larviciding (the process of killing the larva of a mosquito before it grows into mosquito), with an integrated approach like the indoor residual spraying, procurement of Act drugs, insecticide treated bed nets and community mobilisation.
The Commissioner stated that the microscopes will help in diagnosis, pointing out that one of the major challenges faced in the quest to eradicate malaria is in diagnosis.

‘‘The presentation of microscopes to the malaria unit is appropriate because diagnosis is key in the control and elimination of malaria,’’ he said.
He mentioned Filariasis, Yellow fever and Dengue fever as some of the diseases that are similar to malaria in presentation caused by mosquitoes.
The representative of SFH, Mr. Ben Ofudge   in his speech, said that the body is a non profit making organization working on reproductive health, maternal and child health, child spacing and family planning, safe water and malaria programmes.

Ofudge said that the move of providing the microscopes was in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health through the Global Fund for Malaria Programme.
He mentioned that it was meant to provide additional support because malaria burden was getting higher across the country.

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