ActionAid International The Gambia Kudang Office recently organised malaria field day at Jareng and Nanaba outreach stations in Niamina East and West Districts, in CRR south. The open day malaria sensitisation was meant to discuss malaria, mode of transmission, prevention and treatment.
The event was characterised by question and answer session and prize-giving in the form of buckets, pans, basin, soaps, shoes and many other valuable materials, given to mothers and care givers who answered questions. The move was designed to sensitise mothers about malaria prevention and control.
Sixteen villages participated in the malaria sensitisation at the two outreach stations.
The programme officer AAITG Kudang Office, Foday Kanyi said the aim of the event was in line with Malaria Roll Back initiatives.
He said AAITG is partnering the health facilities within Niaminas to reduce the malaria burden in the area. “This partnership has been and will remain strong in the area, but there is need for other sectors to join this partnership and help them all combat malaria”, he said.
He called for the need for concerted efforts in the fight against malaria.
The Programme Officer said the health talks conducted during clinic days are very important and urged mothers and care givers to make best use of the health talk programmes.
Ebou Saine, the community health nurse, said huge gains in the fight against malaria have been made in recent years, but yet the disease has a devastating impact on people’s health and livelihood around the world, particularly in the Niaminas.
Saine cautioned that the rainy season is a peak period for malaria in these areas, indicating however that the effective tools to prevent malaria are the Long Lasting Nets and to use other mosquito repellents.
He implored on all to partner in the fight against malaria as well as keep our environment clean to avoid stagnant water and grasses.
A community health nurse at Bati Njoll, Amadou Jawo, disclosed that over the years, there have been lots of activities and that a lot has been achieved in the country in the fight against malaria.
The forum, according to him, is very important for women, saying the health talks conducted by them would help to improve the health status of women and children who are the most vulnerable.
by Lamin SM Jawo