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The Cross River State governement has reiterated it’s commitment to end the scourge of malaria in the state, and has called on its partners and other key stakeholders to invest in the elimination of malaria while urging citizens to present themselves for testing and diagnosis before the administration of drugs in order to curb malaria related deaths.
The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong stated this in Calabar during a malaria technical working group meeting with the state Malaria elimination program, malaria implementing partners and other key stakeholders on SMEP activities in 2020 and in seeking ways to improve services in 2021.
She noted that, self medication and wrong prescription from quacks have contributed to more deaths in the state, hence the need to visit health centre for confirmatory test and diagnosis.
Ekpenyong who frowned at the poor Patronage of Government owned facilities for testing and treatments, disclosed that, the Government alongside it’s partners have made available testing kits and drugs for the populace, and as such the need to encourage Cross Riverians to visit health Facilities in times of challenges.
She further stated that , as part of measures to eradicate malaria in the state, the Government will release funds to tackle malaria, while also leveraging on other funding opportunity such as Save One Million Live and ensuring malaria service is captured in the benefit package of the soon to be launched Health Insurance Scheme.