Tragedy: Malaria prevention worker drowns, 3 others injured


Governor Tambuwal

Governor Tambuwal

A malaria prevention worker has drowned in Bafarawa River in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The deceased was travelling with three other colleagues in a canoe to Bafarawa town on Tuesday when it capsized.

The deceased, (name withheld), and the three others, who were rescued, were among the officials conducting the ongoing Seasonal Malaria Chemo-Prevention Programme.

The four-day exercise, which will end on Sept. 2, was part of efforts to reduce the scourge of malaria in the state.

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The Manager of the State Malaria Programme, Alhaji Aminu Umar, has confirmed the incident.

Umar said in Sokoto on Thursday that one of the four officials lost his life

” The others had since been discharged from the hospital, while the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rites.”

Umar said that he had led a delegation to Isa town to condole with the families of the deceased and sympathise with those of the others who were injured.

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, on Saturday, in Isa town, headquarters of Isa Local Government Area, flagged off the house-to-house campaign.

The campaign is targeted at the administration of preventive malarial drugs to an estimate of 1.8 million children in the state

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