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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) unveiled yesterday that the nation is to celebrate the 5th Africa Vaccination Week (AVW) and World Malaria Day at various parts of the States.
Briefing journalists Dr. Ephrem Tekle, Federal Ministry of Health Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Directorate Director, indicated “The nation has shown big strides in increasing the coverage of regular vaccination programme from 53 per cent to 91 per cent.”
According to Dr. Ephrem, this year AVW is marked in African countries, including Ethiopia from April 24 to 30, 2015 under the slogan; “Vaccinated communities, Healthy communities” and the theme; "Vaccination, a gift for life.”
The budget allocated for this campaign is 2.1 billion Birr apportioned to the respective administrative bodies to execute the tasks.
By the same taken, the Federal Ministry of Health aforementioned the World Malaria Day would be commemorated in Ethiopia with awareness creation and various related matters. It recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. In 2009, 781, 000 people died of malaria, mainly women and children in Africa.
Marking the occasion, Hiwot Solomon, National Malaria Programme Coordinator said “Malaria has been a significant public health problem, but due to the prime attention given by the government, massive scale-up of control interventions made since 2004/2005 have resulted in decline in significant number of cases, deaths and epidemic occurrences. However, although the magnitude of the problem declined significantly, malaria still remains a public health problem.”
According to Hiwot the Ministry of Health has dispatched protective malaria bed net for free, mobilized the public in awareness creation in scaling up good performing Kebelles.
Malaria control efforts of the nation have registered many results among children of 5; malaria admissions to hospitals and deaths fell by 81 per cent and 73 per cent, respectively.
It was learnt that, World Malaria Day 2015 will be celebrated on April 25 for the 8th time in Ethiopia under the theme; “Invest in future, defeat Malaria” in Hawassa, the capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State (SNNPS).