Cameroon launches new approach to curb malaria cases in children-Xinhua

Cameroon launches new approach to curb malaria cases in children

Source: Xinhua| 2022-04-26 01:20:45|Editor: huaxia

A baby receives the intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) at the Soa neighborhood of Yaounde, Cameroon, on April 25, 2022. Cameroon on Monday began giving children doses of antimalarial drugs even before the children are infected, as part of a new approach to curb malaria in the Central African nation. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)

YAOUNDE, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon on Monday began giving children doses of antimalarial drugs even before the children are infected, as part of a new approach to curb malaria in the Central African nation.

It was the first time the country was initiating the intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) since it was first launched in 2005 by the World Health Organization, Dorothy Achu, the permanent secretary of the National Malaria Control Program in the Ministry of Public Health, told reporters while officially launching the new strategy at the Soa neighborhood of Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon.

"In Cameroon, we were waiting for the preliminary results of the impact of this intervention and to see whether we can also deploy in our country and recently we have seen an updated recommendation from which says it's very impactful. We think we need to protect these children who are very vulnerable. On top of the intermittent treatment is the distribution of bed nets so we can have a complete protection of the children," Achu told reporters during the campaign to mark the World Malaria Day in the country.

IPTi could save tens of thousands of lives every year across Cameroon, said the WHO Representative in Cameroon Phanuel Habimana.

"It can reduce the incidence of malaria in children and also reduce the magnitude of death in children under five. So this is an important day for Cameroon in the fight against malaria because in addition to existing strategies the intermittent preventive treatment ... is a new strategy, a new fighting mode to deal with malaria," Habimana told reporters during the ceremony.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, 3.1 million people tested positive for malaria in Cameroon last year and 3,782 died of the disease. The Central region where the capital, Yaounde is located has the highest number of malaria cases, according to Achu.

Parents wait to let their babies receive the intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) at the Soa neighborhood of Yaounde, Cameroon, on April 25, 2022. Cameroon on Monday began giving children doses of antimalarial drugs even before the children are infected, as part of a new approach to curb malaria in the Central African nation. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)

A baby receives the intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi) at the Soa neighborhood of Yaounde, Cameroon, on April 25, 2022. Cameroon on Monday began giving children doses of antimalarial drugs even before the children are infected, as part of a new approach to curb malaria in the Central African nation. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)

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