Over 1 million doses of ‎anti-malarial drugs to be distributed to healthcare centres in Bauchi State

Not less than 210 Primary and Secondary Health Centres in Bauchi State are to receive 1,077,810 doses of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT), 136,350 doses of Suphodoxine Pyrimethamine (SP) and 285,775 Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Kits (RDT).

Secretary of the Bauchi State Agency for Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Dr Mansur Dada, disclosed this, while briefing newsmen in Bauchi on Wednesday.

He said the distribution of over one million anti-malaria drugs and other consumables to medical healthcare centers across the State will be free to patients.

The program is for Bauchi State government through BACATMA, with the support from US Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI), which commenced on Wednesday, 18th January, 2017.

He said the distribution of Anti-malarial drugs and Malaria testing kits to 210 Primary and Secondary Health facilities across the 20 local government areas of the State for first quarter from January to March is in progress.

He maintained that the drugs would be distributed through a contracted third-party Vendor from the State Store and directly to the Health facilities with notification and involvement of the local government council, Power Holding Company department and the Communities’ leaders, to ensure judicious utilisation by the targeted communities.

Dr Dada stated that, the programme is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Global Health Supply Chain‎-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project implemented by Chemonics International, which is supported by the state government with logistics for effective distribution and utilisation of direct-data and information capture.

According to him, this is part of the routine for the distribution to ensure availability of Malaria drugs and commodities in their health facilities, adding that, this would help the State in reducing the burden of Malaria as well as morbidity and mortality from Malaria.

He said the state government is carrying out the distribution for the first quarter of the year, from January to June 2017.

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