The Malaria Society of Nigeria (MSN) has embarked on free medical tests and treatment to residents of riverine communities in Badagry, Lagos State, to prevent the scourge of malaria, which is prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa.
No fewer than 350 residents of Tohan in Badagry were tested and given drugs, treated mosquito nets and other malaria preventive items to prevent the spread of the disease in commemoration of the World Malaria Day on Tuesday.
President of MSN, Dr. John Puddicombe, said the menace of malaria was higher in rural areas, especially the riverine communities, which is why the medical team brought the awareness campaign to Badagry.
“The menace of malaria is much more prevalent in rural areas, especially in the riverine areas than what we have in the urban cities. Sadly, over the years, nobody goes to these areas. That is why we have chosen to come here to create an awareness campaign and also sensitize them on preventive measures.
“Everyone here will get a treated mosquito net. Those that tested positive will be treated with ACP free of charge, and we have routine drugs for everybody. Also, we have not limited it to malaria alone, we are also treating hypertension and diabetes for the elderly ones,” he said.
The Baale of Tohan community, Chief Yeyiji Adeoye Sottin, commended the group, saying the programme was a welcome development for the community, and the first of its kind.
He added that it would go a long way in enlightening the people on how to prevent malaria and the use of preventive items such as the net, which has been used by citizens for fishing.