Journalist targets 5000 students with “Schools Against Malaria”
By Johnson Nchang
The first of its kind sensitization campaign to prevent malaria in schools has been launched in Fako Division, South West Region.
The malaria sensitization campaign dubbed ‘Schools Against Malaria’ is an initiative of Solomon Agborem, a Journalist and David McRobertson the CEO of Drive Against Malaria.
According to Agborem, the initiative is a novelty in the fight against malaria in Cameroon. We want to make sure our children be it at home or at school can be able to decipher the common signs and symptoms of malaria and even administer basic remedy because malaria is deadly, he stressed.
Launching the Campaign in five schools notably GBHS, GHS, NCHS, Saker Baptist College, Limbe and GHS Batoke, Solomon Agborem who also doubles as the National Coordinator of the project revealed last September 20, 2016 in Limbe that after the launch, the next step shall include mass sensitization not only on radio but meeting the student population one-on-one to give them first hand information on malaria prevention during their morning assemblies .He added that in all the schools visited it emerged that they had never had any form of malaria sensitization from an individual or a non-governmental organization. The school authorities notably the Principal of Saker Baptist College Mr Shomsi, Principal of GBHS Mrs Monono Efeti Hannah, Principal of GHS Mrs Ayompe Hadassah, the Principal of GHS Batoke Mr Njie Martin attested that it was the first time an individual visit their schools to sensitize solely on Malaria.
Speaking to The Star, the National Coordinator said the Schools Against Malaria shall in the next phase organize a public sensitization event where 100 students, 20 from each of the five schools selected shall showcase their know how on malaria prevention from where peer educators will be elected to champion the next phase which shall be to mount treated mosquito bed nets within their communities coordinated by a follow-up team of the project. An evaluation will be done quarterly to analyze behavioral changes towards the use of mosquito bed nets to prevent malaria. The public event has been slated for the first week of October.
It should be noted that Malaria has been rated as Africa’s deadliest disease with about 3000 children between 0-5 years dying per day across the globe.