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1,252 malaria patients die in 15-months across Kano hospitals

By News Desk

The Kano State Government has disclosed that no fewer than 1,252 malaria patients died in fifteen months in medical facilities across the state, saying plans have been concluded to ensure Kano curbs the incidence of preventable deaths to malaria complications.

It explained that the data was recorded in 2020 and first quarter of 2021, adding that the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led administration would roll out preventive measures across the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, stated that in 2020, outpatient attendance relating to malaria in Kano were 3,712, 354 with 2,349, 596 fever cases screened for malaria.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Kano in commemoration of World Malaria Day, the commissioner said that out of the number, 1, 685,925 were diagnosed for uncomplicated malaria, 1,664,991 were treated with ACT, while 1,079 died from the disease.

For the first quarter of 2021, Tsanyawa said, 355,426 individuals were diagnosed with uncomplicated malaria, 352, 363 were treated with ACT while 155 deaths recorded.

Furthermore, he added that the Ganduje-led administration would be targeting over three million children for malaria chemoprevention, from July to October 2021 across the state.

The commissioner explained that the targeted number of children would be about 75 per cent coverage for prevention of non-complicated malaria.

Tsanyawa said that the state had administered more than three million doses of the malaria chemoprevention drugs (sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine and Amosiaquine), with a view to prevent deaths due to malaria.

He said that as part of commitment to the seasonal malaria chemoprevention, governent had built the capacity of about 23, 629 community Drug Distributors, 2,710 Town announcers, and Lead mothers in the state.

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