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Jigawa to get 3.5m treated mosquito nets

By Dahiru Suleiman, Dutse
02 November 2021   |   3:51 am
The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) will soon commence the distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) in the bid to eliminate malaria in Jigawa State.

Treated mosquito nets. PHOTO: Voice of Nigeria

The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) will soon commence the distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) in the bid to eliminate malaria in Jigawa State.

NMEP is embarking on the project in collaboration with Jigawa State government and international donors from the Global Fund Malaria project.

Speaking during Media Orientation on Insecticide Treated Nets Campaign at the Jigawa Ministry of Health auditorium, the Executive Secretary, State Primary Health Development Agency, Dr. Kabir Ibrahim, stated that the campaign would run from November 18 to 29, on door-to-door basis across the 27 local councils of the state.

The objective of the mass campaign, according to him, was to ensure that for every two persons in Jigawa, there is one insecticide treated net to sleep inside.

Arrangements are in top gear for the smooth take-off of the household registration and simultaneous distribution of the nets, he said, adding that the campaign was led by the Jigawa Ministry of Health through the Malaria Elimination Programme.

The National Malaria Elimination Programme and Catholic Relief Services provided technical support while Malaria Consortium served as the implementing partner, The Guardian gathered.

“Malaria control and prevention is a holistic responsibility of all and sundry, as we have mapped out strategy’s in making emphasis on training and supervision, as well as enlightening the community in taking up ownership of the whole concepts for it’s effective success,” Ibrahim said.

He called on households to air the net under a shade for 24 hours before hanging over their mat, mattress or bed, tuck in the net properly under the sleeping material and sleep inside every night, and roll up net when not in use. There is evidence of reduction in malaria prevalence in Nigeria as it records 27 per cent in 2015.