The Bauchi State Government has commenced its 2022 Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention campaign across all the 20 Local Government Areas for children from 3-59 months old.
Dr. Mohammed Sani, Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria, said the exercise would be a house-to-house exercise.
Sani said the state started implementing SMC in 10 selected LGAs in 2020, however, the exercise had been scaled to all the 20 LGA based on successes recorded.
The chairman added that SMC is given from July to October as it is the period that malaria cases are mostly reported.
He noted that the state had other interventions against malaria including the distribution of Intermittent Preventive Therapy for pregnant women and Long lasting insecticidal nets.
In his contribution, Mr. Kabiru Mohammed, the North East Zonal Project Manager of Malaria Consortium, said Nigeria started an early pilot implementation in 2013 following a recommendation from the World Health Organisation.
Furthermore, Alhaji Ali Babayo, Permanent Secretary, Bauchi state Ministry of Health, said that the state government was committed to providing quality healthcare to its citizens, adding that the SMC campaign was a clear indication of such programs.
The Emir of Dass, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu, also called on households to support the exercise by availing their children access to the teams.