Minister for health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has lauded a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Africare, for its role in the reduction of malaria prevalence rate, from 42 per cent in 2010 to 27 per cent in 2015.

Speaking at meeting on the achievements of Malaria Prevention in MPN Suppliers Communities (MAPS-C) project of Africare, organised in collaboration with Exxonmobil, Professor Adewole noted that efforts put in combating malaria scourge in the country was yielding positive results, as recent surveys show progression.

Represented by the director, public health in the ministry, Dr Evelyn Ngige, the minister pointed out that Nigeria contributes about 27 per cent of the 260 malaria cases and 23 per cent of the 435,000 deaths, recorded in 2016, according to the 2017 World Malaria Report.

He said that in order to sustain the gains and sustain the danger of a reversible, there was a need to deploy innovative approach to prevent, diagnose and treatment of malaria.

Speaking earlier, the country director of Africare, Dr Doherty Orode, said that the MAPS-C project initiative became successful because of the Deki reader.

Doherty explained that before the introduction of the technology in the communities, where the project was implemented, malaria tests were not carried out before treatments and the use of chloroquine tablet was still on.

She however said that progress was made later with the introduction of Deki Reader, which allowed for getting results, accounting for commodities and also gave details, which was stored in a portal for future reference.

The country director also said that a significant reduction in over treatment was achieved after the acceptability of the technology among members of the community.

LEADERSHIP gathered that Africare is a US-based organisation, which seeks to address African development and policy issues to build susainable, healthy and productive communities.

The MAPS-C project has served over 90,000 people in four local government areas in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states; namely Eket, Ibeno, Bonny and Ogu-bolo, since 2011 to date.

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