By Tognaan Dada Bawa in Jos
Plateau State Government has disclosed that the state has in Twenty- Twenty alone recorded a total of one hundred and twenty-one deaths of mostly pregnant women and children as result of Malaria in the state.
Commissioner of Health in the State Doctor Nimkong Lar stated this on Monday in Jos while briefing Journalists to commemorate the 2021 World Malaria Day Celebration in the State.
He said even when the state was fighting COVID-19 pandemic it also spent over three hundred and thirty- two million Naira on Malaria in the same Twenty-Twenty .
According to Nimkong Lar, In the year under review, data from the state shows that eight hundred and twenty out of one thousand, one hundred and thirty-six health facilities reported total uncomplicated malaria figures of mostly in pregnant women and children which some resulted pregnant women.
He said the 2020 figures when compared to the ones recorded in the state five years ago show a decline in the effects of malaria in our state.
He said the strategies put in place under the able administration of Governor Simon Lalong and together with the commitment and relentless efforts of Health care service providers made remarkable achievement possible.
This steady success he disclosed has been achieved mostly to the efforts of the Governor of Plateau state, his cabinet as well as the hardworking health workers of the state, all of whom have been playing their part in ensuring that malaria is totally eradicated in the near future, keeping to the slogan “Stand up- Take action”.
Doctor Lar, said Government alone is constrained to provide all the funding needed in the areas of infrastructural development for Health, human capital development for Health, employment of human resource for Health, research and development, and the provision of essential drugs.
He explained that due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected Plateau state, country and the world at large, there has been a serious scarcity of funds from which government can carry out its activities.
According to him, the pandemic has also caused a strain in the number of active healthcare workers in the state, as they formed a bulk of the frontline force in the heat of the pandemic. Needless to say, the challenges facing government at this time are bigger than ever.
The commissioner However disclosed that in order to ensure quality Health care service delivery in the state, government is providing the enabling environment for development and implementing partners to come in.
He commended the implementing partners in the state especially Breakthrough Action Nigeria amongst others who have become valuable allies in the fight against malaria in the, Adding that they have brought much needed support to the state in the form of technical assistance as well as commodities without which the work of eradicating malaria will suffer.