The Gambia commemorates the World Malaria Day (WMD) below the theme, “Zero Malaria- Plan the Line In opposition to Malaria.” The Gambia is one amongst six countries in World Health Group African Living that have achieved the 2020 milestones of cutting again malaria circumstances and deaths by 40% compared with 2015. This became as soon as declared at a media briefing held to commemorate the WMD 2021 on 23rd April 2021.This fulfillment ensues whereas the country is aloof fighting COVID-19 pandemic.
The Malaria Indicator Behold (MIS) of 2017 confirmed that usage of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) in teens and women folk became as soon as 62% and 69%, respectively. Additionally, 40% of pregnant ladies folk received three doses of intermittent preventive therapy to discontinue malaria right via pregnancy. These figures indicate that extra work is the significant to be obvious universal protection of malaria control services in the country.
In a assertion delivered on behalf of Hon Dr Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, Minister Of Health, Mr Balla Kandeh (Programme Manager Malaria Administration Programme), malaria threatens the depressed and susceptible participants of the neighborhood.
“As long as malaria exists, it threatens the poorest and most susceptible, and has the aptitude to resurge in occasions of public health disaster- savor the COVID-19 risk,” stated Dr Ahmadou Lamin Samateh. “By holding ourselves to blame to our commitments to pause malaria, we can proceed strengthening a resilient health method that responds to emerging ailments whereas retaining and advancing our tough-fought growth against malaria.”
The World Health Group affords technical steering and pork as much as the nationwide malaria programme in response to regional and global suggestions.
Dr. Desta Tiruneh, WHO Advisor emphasized the importance of constant the significant health services, at the side of malaria services in all health services because the country continues the fight against COVID-19.
“I beg all other folks with fever to crawl to the closest health center to be examined for malaria and receive the care they need, inner the context of COPVID-19 protocols,” he stated. “Permit us to no longer permit wretchedness to undermine the substantial gains now we have gotten registered in The Gambia”
Director for Medicines Be taught Administration (MRC), Professor Umberto Dalessandro, gave the hope for a new vaccine against malaria.
“The malaria vaccine is quite ready. There has been a pilot implementation in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya, and the results are very promising,” stated Professor Umberto Dalessandro.
The Ministry of Health targets to compose The Gambia a Malaria free country by 2025, via making certain universal and equitable access to malaria prevention and treatment interventions.
The authorities will proceed supporting universal protection for Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLITNs), Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) specializing in reaching these at very most life like risk, at the side of ladies folk and teens.