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Bauchi commences malaria prevention in 20 LGAs

The Bauchi State government on Monday commenced the 2022 Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) campaign across all the 20 local government areas (LGAs) for children from…

The Bauchi State government on Monday commenced the 2022 Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) campaign across all the 20 local government areas (LGAs) for children from 3-59 months old.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise was inaugurated in Dass LGA, Bauchi State.

Speaking, Dr Mohammed Sani, executive chairman of Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA), said the exercise would be a house-to-house one.

“The team administered the first dose of Sulfadoxine Pyrimethamine (SP) and Amodiaquine (AQ) to a child.

“Local government areas in Bauchi South are to conduct five circles, while those in the North will have four circles due to differences in their environments,” he said.

Sani said the state started implementing SMC in 10 selected LGAs in 2020. However, the exercise had been scaled to all the 20 LGAs based on the successes recorded.

“I can tell you that the incidence of malaria has reduced with SMC; we have less hospital attendance as a result of the disease.” (NAN)