HEALTH Minister Chitalu Chilufya yesterday launched the second round malaria mass drug administration in Choma’s Sikalongo ward for Southern Province aimed at eliminating the disease in the country.
Speaking during the launch of the mass drug administration at Sikalongo Secondary School, Dr Chilufya said the Patriotic Front (PF) government has ferocious approach towards the elimination of malaria.
Dr Chilufya said malaria was preventable and curable and had come up with interventions such as the Indoor Residue Spraying and mass drug administration.
He said the country was targeting 2018 which would portray that the country could eliminate malaria.
“Our intervention will focus on protecting the public through indoor residue spraying, and also focus on treatments. We will also ensure that a special population the expectant mothers are prevented,” he said.
He appealed to the members of the public to take the drugs being administered as they were safe and would protect them from malaria.
“Let’s ensure we support this role in the fight against malaria and allow those doing the indoor residue spraying,” he said.
Southern Province Permanent Secretary Sibanze Simuchoba and Choma District Commissioner Sheena Muleya led the community into taking the malaria drug called Di- hydro Artemesinin piperaquine.
The Minister administered the drugs and also participated in the indoor residue spraying conducted at one of the houses in Sikalongo. The indoor residue spraying was being conducted in Luapula, Muchinga, Northern, Southern and Eastern province.
He said the similar programme would also being undertaken in the other five other provinces.
Chief Singani appealed to government to provide more staff at the only health centre in Sikalongo ward.
Chief Singani made the appeal through his representative Samuel Sakala who said mothers walk longer distances to access health facilities and it was important that government provides a vehicle at the health centre.
But the Minister assured the traditional ruler that government would provide a utility vehicle and would soon deploy more staff at the rural health centre.