The federal government is currently revising national guideline and strategies for the control and prevention of malaria during pregnancy to reduce incidences of malaria-related pregnancy death.
At a dissemination workshop for the revised National Guideline and Strategies for the Prevention and Control of Malaria During Pregnancy, yesterday in Abuja, the Head, Case Management, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr Godwin Ntadom, said that the incidence of malaria -induced pregnancy death is about 11 per cent while malaria is a major contributory factor to anaemia during pregnancy with about 22 per cent mortality rate.
He said that the new World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline on prevention of malaria in pregnancy which Nigeria had adopted was three tablets of SP (500mg of Sulphadoxine and 25mg Pyrimethamine each).
According to him, these key interventions that should be provided at the ante natal clinic include the administration of Sulphadoxine-Pyrimethamine (SP) for intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) under the direct observation of skilled service providers, distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and prompt testing of all pregnant women with fever and if positive for malaria, effective treatment with recommended medicines.
Ntadom explained that the first dose should be given at second trimester (or after the mother has felt the movement of the baby), 2nd, 3rd and 4th doses should be given at least one month apart.
Published Jul 1, 2015. By Winifred Ogbeb and Victor Okeke
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