Malaria testing and treatment is free in CRS; report any Health worker that charges you – Dr Betta Edu

Dr. Betta Edu, DG, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency prescribing drugs to the beneficiaries

Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency Director General, Dr Betta Edu has exonerated that Malaria testing and treatment in Cross River is still free of charges.

In that retrospect, Dr Betta Edu says the Cross River State Government has in many years given free malaria testing and treatment in various Health facilities across the state.

She added that, the facilities across the state both primary and secondary has being hugely supported by USAID, Global Fund and others to ensure that all facilities in Cross River have free rapid diagnostic test kits; even till date. So anyone with malaria should go into any Secondary and primary health facilities to be tested to confirm if he/she has malaria, and then be treated for free. Same way as it is for HIV/AIDS.

To lay more on the rights of Cross Riverians in terms of malaria testing and treatments, Dr Betta noted that malaria testing and treatment across all health facilities in Cross River State is free of charge!

She said: “I want to use this medium to draw the attention of everyone across the state that if you are asked to bring money to get tested or treated for malaria, please write formally with your evidence through the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency and we’ll take it from there.

“It is actually illegal! We have partners like USAID that are supporting us for this. They’ve made this things available and they’ve given us the last mile distribution; they have distributed them to even the last facilities across the state. So, if somebody would have that free of charge and then goes behind to collect monies our citizens, that person should be brought to book.

“So, we are calling on Cross Riverians to help us, please. Get an evident, ask them to give you a receipt for anything before you give them your money and then bring it back to the agency and the culprits will be punished as appropriate,” She exclaimed!

On the 25th of April, 2017 the Cross River State Government will be marking the World’s Malaria Day by reminding the people about malaria, carrying out advocacy and telling the people the danger it cause to the society and the universe.

The team for this year’s World Malaria Day is “End Malaria For Good”, a theme similar to the one of 2016. Whereas the slogan is “The Push For Prevention”, meaning that the emphasis to end malaria should come from pushing for prevention.

On that day, the state government led by the First Lady, Her Excellency Dr (Mrs) Linda Ayade will be flagging-off the World Malaria Day Celebrations at Community Secondary School, Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area in Cross River State.

Collaborating with the state government, includes Etisalat Nigeria and the outreach would be expanded across the Cross River Central Senatorial District. They’ll be free malaria testing and treatment plus free insecticide treated nets (bed nets) in Ugep.

Betta Edu on the other hand stated, aside what will be happening at Ugep, across the state, health workers are expected to go into communities to sensitise the people, offer them free mosquito nets, teach them about malaria prevention and more.

“Anyone with malaria can also go to the nearest Health Care Centre nearest to them and get tested and treated for malaria.

“Basically, the state is stepping up in malaria eradication especially in hard to reach communities. In 2015, there was mosquito nets replacement across the state, but beyond that we realised that some hard to reach areas were not really covered, so the state government is trying to cover all hard to reach areas in the state.

“We are equally using this World Malaria Day to put a ban on the use of mosquito/bed nets for agricultural purposes including food preparation and processing like palm oil, garri, pap, etc. These nets are insecticide treated to fight mosquitoes and other organism; when these chemicals get into the food which is being sold to the general public across the state – we are bound to have food poisoning outbreak which is why we are advising people to stop using bed nets for any purpose apart from beds to sleep under.

“We have met with the Heads of the forces including the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa to advocate to them to stop the using of mosquito nets for farming purposes.” She concluded.

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