Kwarans will benefit from N3.3billion worth of free Insecticide Treated Nets in the State.

Kwarans will benefit from N3.3billion worth of free Insecticide Treated Nets in the State.

Stephen Awoyale, Ilorin.

Kwarans will benefit from N3.3billion worth of free Insecticide Treated Nets in the State.

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2.3 million free Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) will be distributed to households in the 16 local government areas of Kwara State in the fight against Malaria disease.

Special team led by the Minister of Health and the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) paid advocacy visit to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in his office, said that the support, under the Global fund, is being channeled to the State through Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Society for Family Health (SFH) and Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

In her address, she Said, their goals is to distribute two Million, one hundred and ninety-one thousand, seven hundred and forty-one (2,191,741) LLNs in the State campaign between November and December 2020, to reach the entire state with comprehensive malaria preventive, diagnosis and treatment services and to reduce malaria burden to pre-elimination levels and bring malaria-related mortality to zero.

The Minister, represented during the visit by Director Public Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs) Umo Mildred Ene-Obong – Director of Public Health, Federal Ministry of Health said that the state would continue to receive support from Global Fund, the international organization supporting elimination of malaria in the State, for the next three years, as a sub recipient.

Decoration of Net Ambassadors by the Kwara State Governor

She said that the study, which will last for two years, aimed to provide the state with clear evidence on the impact of next generation ITN in malaria burden.

In her statement, Three Billion, Eighty-four million, Three Hundred and twenty thousand, Two hundred and seventy-six naira (#3,084,320,276) worth of malaria commodities has been and is being deployed to the state for the control of malaria – most of which has already been utilized.
She concluded by saying, that the state has been selected to continue receiving support from Global funds for the next three years (2021-2023) – this time as a sub-Recipient (SR). She congratulated the State on this development.

Cross Section with the Speaker

Also speaking, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq, said that the state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq supported the State Malaria Elimination Program with a sum of N82 million counterpart fund to attract the free ITN distribution project. He acknowledged the state Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, for his pragmatism in ensuring the state was included to benefit from ITN.

Mallam Raji Rasaq
Commissioner for Health, Kwara State Ministry of Health

In His speech, he said that, about 6,000 adhoc staff in the State would be engaged and deployed for the distribution of the nets, commending Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for his commitment to quality health care among people in the state.

The advocacy visit, also saw the governor reiterating commitment of his administration to quality health care for the people in the state. During the advocacy session, the State Governor also decorated a former Minister of Health (State), Hajia Amina Ndalolo, as Net Ambassador. The Net Ambassador, in her acceptance speech stated that she has been free of malaria infection because of her consistent use of nets for over 20 years.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdularasaq

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