From Gambo Ahmed Lafia
In a bid to eliminate malaria, the Nasarawa state government in collaboration with United States Government through the U.S president’s malaria initiative (U.S PMI) plans to distribute 1,600,000 free bed nets to people..
The Permanent Secretary Nasarawa state Ministry of Health, Jibrin Giza disclosed this during a one- day meeting with Media practitioners in the state on how to use and maintain mosquito nets.
According to him, “Malaria is the most common preventable public health problem in Nigeria, yet it takes a lethal of 97 percent of Nigerians especially children under 5 years.”
He said that, the objective of the distribution is to ensure that for every 2 persons in Nasarawa state, there is one bed net to sleep inside.
He said that, the distribution will be done in 716 points across the 13 local government councils of the state, adding that households must ensure that they collect net cards during the registration.
He said further that , the distribution campaign would be carried out by the Nasarawa state ministry of health through state malaria elimination program with technical assistance from U.S PMI implementing partners.
Also speaking on the significance of mosquito nets, Doctor Bala Dogo from the Nasarawa State Ministry of Health admonished people to always sleep inside their mosquito nets with edges well tucked in, adding that, the net is valuable as “It protects you from mosquitoes that cause malaria. Sleeping inside net ensures sound and undisturbed sleep”.
He maintained that, the nets are given free during campaigns and will be made available in hospitals, pharmacies, chemists and market places as according to him”. The 2018 distribution will commence from 23rd and end on the 27th February.
He called on people especially women to avail themselves at distribution points to collect the mosquito nets. “Long lasting insecticidal nets repel mosquitoes as well as reduce malaria related morbidity and mortality among the most vulnerable target groups,” he explained.