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The three-day massive training engaged over 30 clinical officers, nurses, and health inspectors from the six counties in Warrap State.
“This training is basically on malaria case management for health personnel working in different health facilities throughout the six counties of the state,” the director of Preventive Measures, Ministry of Health, Dr. Agai Akec said.
He further stated that since malaria outbreak become rapid during rainy seasons, they decided to capacitate the health workers who deal directly with the cases in various medical facilities in the state.
According to Dr. Barac Atem, Malaria which is both epidemic and endemic disease vary in outbreak depending on climatic change and nature of the land.
He mentioned that the disease is more prevalent in lowlands and semi-arid areas like Upper Nile, Unity, Warrap and eastern part of Northern Barh el Ghazal.
Dr. Barac also cautioned that people living in dry areas have low immune system hence making them more vulnerable to malaria.
Although Malaria outbreak last year was said to be high in Warrap, authorities however noted that there were quick interventions from national ministry of health compare to this year.
“We have concern of delay of drugs supply to Warrap this year from the national level. By this time in 2012, malaria drugs and facilities were already in the state,” Dr. Akec said.
The participants also cited several challenges and voiced their concerns over lack of drugs and inadequate facilities in rural villages.
“There are several PHCUs and PHCCs in Tonj East County already hit with shortage of malaria drugs for instance, Anan-Atiak PHCU, Kacuat PHCU, Palal, Yekador and many more,” said Peter Raui, a health worker in Kacuat PHCU in Tonj East.
He said that the situation will get worse in case of no drugs supply in the next three months since most of the areas will be inaccessible.
Makuer Ayuel, Twic County health inspector, Malaria control and management also reiterated lack of drugs as the main challenge adding that malaria cases in his county increase during rainy seasons and reduced in the dry season.
The state minister of health, Solomon Anguei, previously said huge population of Warrap state still have no access to primary health care with only 46 percent getting the services.
The training focused on basic knowledge on general malaria situation in Warrap and national malaria control strategies and intervention.
Among others include, malaria prevention and control among pregnant mothers and general public, treatment of complicated and uncomplicated cases, malaria related anemia in pregnant and children.
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