From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The federal government said it has earmarked the sum of N2.5billion to create an enabling environment for effective elimination of malaria through the national Malaria elimination programme, in line with the national malaria strategic plan determined to achieve 100 percent distribution coverage.
This was made known in Bauchi by the National Coordinator, Malaria elimination programme Dr. Nnenna Ezegwe on the occasion of flagging –off of the long lasting nets, mass replacement campaign against malaria in Bauchi state.
She said 3,283,137 long lasting nets is the quantifiable required to go round the entire state, with the commencement of free long lasting nets to resident as a measure to eliminate the scourges of malaria in some states like Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Nasarawa and Rivers states considered as porous to malaria outbreak.
Ezegwe, added that the programme is aimed to deliver long lasting nets to 2 persons in the state through house to house mobilization approach in federal government renewed commitment to eradicate malaria, which she described as a deadly diseases.
“As I am talking to you now, the going national replacement campaign is targeted to reach 17 eligible states by December, 2014 and we are hoping that our officials will be given all the necessary support to ensure the success of the distribution of the nets in the country” said Ezegwe.
According to the national coordinator, the idea of carrying out the distribution of long lasting nets in Bauchi state was informed by exhaustive understanding with government, stakeholders including series of activities involving training of competent health personnel in the state.
The coordinator urge Bauchi state government to support federal government in fast-tracking the implementation of the programme outline in the campaign period, with a charge on community, religious and traditional leaders to support the programme.
Speaking at the occasion, governor Yuguda had lamented the scourges of malaria in the state with a strong promise to support NACA, saying government has been providing free medical care to under age children and pregnant women in the state.
Represented by the commissioner for religious affairs Alhaji Salisu Ahmed Barau said government had embarked on rigorous campaign against malaria outbreak, explaining that already it has signed MOU with World Bank to eliminate malaria in the state.
Yuguda charged the beneficiaries to judiciously use the long lasting nets as a measure to eradicate malaria, urging residents to always keep their environment clean.