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By Ebele Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba :

Awka, Jan. 21, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has hailed National Malarial Elimination Programme (NMEP) and External evaluator from World Health Organisation (WHO) for their 2-day evaluation exercise in the state.

Dr Okpala made the commendation when the team paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.

The commissioner urged them to look into challenges of people not making use of Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) instead of focusing only on the distribution process.

He expressed joy that the team was conducting the exercise that was an evaluation of desk review done by external consultants.

``When programme are set up like this, the malarial strategic plan is coming to end this year, having this intermittent evaluation and monitoring is crucial for the success of the programme.

``I am glad that this exercise is being conducted; the implication is that National Malarial Elimination Programme is a serious unit when it comes to their work.

``The seriousness you bring to the programme and what you’re doing is great; the monitoring is great and interfacing with community members is also great.’’

He said that the state through the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML P for R) has continued to make progress in educating Nd? Anambra on LLIN usage.

``SOML P for R has done a great job in terms of this aspect of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) usage awareness in the state,’’ commissioner noted.

Leader of the team, Mrs Nneka Ndubuisi said that the visit was to officially inform the commissioner about the two day revalidation exercise in the state.

Mrs Ndubuisi explained that the exercise was to compare notes, get information from the state and administer checklist to some group of people.

They were also to compare it to what they have done in order to get accurate information.

``After this review which is the final review, the external evaluators will look at the work after which the findings will determine line with actions for the next implementation.

``The idea is to look into works done by the consultants and to ensure they perform accordingly.

``During our stay, we are to visit two selected LGAs checklist to be administered to state team and some parastatal that work closely with the state malarial control programme.

The team leader commended the leadership of the ministry under Dr Vincent Okpala.

Dr Chukwuebuka Ugwu, Surveillance Officer, World Health Organisation (WHO) applauded the state for being one of the states that had been consistent in ceasing out the aspect of malaria strategic plan.

``We are to observe the data trend from 2014 to 2019, knowing what the data has said and also looking at prevalence, mortality rates and LLIN distributions,’’ he said.

SOML P for R Manager, Dr Obiageli Uchebo said that the emphasis should not only be on distribution of LLIN instead attention should be on drug usage and treatment.

Dr Uchebo urged them to ensure that people started to make use of the LLIN and not only having them in their houses.

State Malarial Control Programme Manager, Mr Nonso Ndibe said that the team was in the state for a two day malaria revalidation exercise which would involve parastatal and selected hospitals in Onitsha North and Anaocha LGAs.

Mr Ndibe explained that the team is made up of external evaluator from WHO and National Malarial Elimination Programme Federal Ministry of Health.

``They will interview people to know the impacts of the malaria program in the state.’’

Director, Public Health in the ministry, Dr Uchechukwu Onyejimbe commended them, urging them to take note of the issues that were raised. (MOI)