KWARA GOVERNOR FLAGS OFF DOOR TO DOOR DISTRIBUTION OF 2.3 MILLION TREATED MOSQUITO NETS
The Kwara State Governor has on Thursday flagged off a door to door distribution of 2.3 million Insecticides Treated Nets ITNs for Kwara State Residents.
The campaign in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, Society for Family Health and the Catholic Relief Services is expected to facilitate the distribution of 2.3 million mosquito nets across the 16 Local Governments and 193 wards across Kwara State in a bid to curb the spread of malaria within the State.
In his welcome address, the Kwara State Commissioner for Health Dr. Raji Razaq assured citizens that the nets are 100 percent safe and effective for citizens to protect themselves against mosquito bites thereby avoiding malaria.
In his words “It has been proven scientifically as a cost effective means of altering the cycle of transmission of mosquito which is the agent of transmission into the blood stream of human beings.” He also assured that the campaign combines with other strategies in place, will rid Kwara communities of malaria.
Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq while launching the campaign, noted that the 2.3 million Insecticide Treated Nets worth over 3.3 billion naira will ensure that Kwarans live a life free of malaria adding that the campaign has allowed the Government to Equip 5000 people who will be involved in the distribution after a mop up training.
The Governor after presenting the first sets of nets to the 1st two households also made a demonstration in front of everyone, how it should be used.
The Minister of Health in his address noted that Kwara State is one of the 3 States selected to benefit from the 2020 mass ITNs distribution, supported by the Global Fund (GF) and he is positive the campaign represents a major leap in the scaling up of the malaria prevention initiative.
In their goodwill messages, the Society for Family Health, Kwara State House of Assembly Speaker Hon Yakubu Danladi and representative of the Catholic Relief Services all explained the need to push the utilization of these nets to achieve intended health benefits stressing that the various private and public partnership in combating malaria like this campaign is yielding strong results.
Each household would be getting mosquito nets based on their population with 2 persons to 1 treated net.
Citizens have been enjoined to maximize the use of these nets to achieve its purpose.