Sokoto - A worker of the ongoing Seasonal Malaria Chemo-Prevention Programme in Sokoto has drowned in the Bafarawa river, in Isa Local Government of Sokoto State.
The deceased was said to be travelling with three other colleagues in a canoe to Bafarawa town on Tuesday, when it reportedly capsized.
The deceased (names withheld), and the three other rescued colleagues, 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 the efforts to reduce the scourge of malaria in the state.
The Manager of the State Malaria Programme, Alhaji Aminu Umar, has confirmed the incident.
Umar disclosed in Sokoto on Thursday that four officials of the programme, including the deceased, were travelling in the ill-fated canoe.
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"One of them had lost his life, while the remaining three were rescued.
"They had since been discharged from the hospital, while the deceased had also been buried according to Islamic rites," he said.
Umar said that he had led a delegation to Isa town to condole with the families of the deceased, as well as the injured.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Saturday in Isa town, headquarters of Isa Local Government, launched the house-to-house malaria prevention campaign.
The programme is targeted at the administration of preventive drugs to estimated 1.8 million children.