On 15th October the official launch took place of the Pilot Scheme to fight Malaria in the Continental Region of Equatorial Guinea, with a ceremony in the Auditorium at the Regional Hospital in Bata. The plan is based on three components: the distribution of medicines against malaria, the training of health personnel, and the distribution of mosquito nets impregnated with long-lasting insecticide.
The launch ceremony was attended by the Minister for health and Social Welfare, Salomon Nguema Owono; the Vice-Minister for health and Social Welfare, Mitoha Ondo’o Ayekaba; and the Secretary of State for health and Social Welfare, Jose Ntutumu Edu, among other authorities and figures from the health sector, and a large group of health professionals.
The Pilot Scheme strategy will be implemented by teams from the National Programme to Fight Malaria (PNLP), and the NGO Medical Care Development International (MCDI).
The scheme includes the distribution of medicines against malaria free of charge and in accordance with the updated procedural regulations which are in line with the latest directives from the World Health Organisation. In order to guarantee evaluation and better pharmacological treatment, the plan will train health personnel and will provide Rapid Detection tests (RDT) which will allow for a rapid, effective diagnosis.
This scheme is introducing, for the first time in Equatorial Guinea, an innovative strategy which consists in children under two receiving prophylactic treatments in conjunction with the application of the vaccination schedule. The aim is to reduce the appearance of malaria at an early age, and boost protection for Equatoguinean children.
Another of the components of the scheme is the distribution of mosquito nets impregnated with long-lasting insecticide, free of charge and in vulnerable populations, mainly pregnant women and children under 5 years of age. Up to now the first 5,000 mosquito nets have been distributed, and 24,000 treatments in 7 health centres and in the Regional Hospital in Bata have been administered.
This Pilot Scheme in the city of Bata -at a cost of over 594,000,000 Franco CFA, financed by the Ministry for Health and Social Welfare (MINSABS) and partners Marathon Oil, Noble Energy, AMPCO, Glencore and Gepetrol, among others- will be extended to other districts in the Continental Region from 2020 to 2023.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea wants to boost the fight against malaria in all provinces in the country, improving living conditions and continuing the MINSABS philosophy of free access to essential services in public health.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea