Kwara launches house-to-house distribution of 2.3 million free mosquito nets

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Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has reiterated the commitment of his administration to the global fight against Malaria disease, which medical experts say is number one killer in sub-Saharan Africa.

Speaking at the official launch of house-to-house distribution of free 2.3 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) which the state received from Global Funds as a result of its payment of relevant counterpart funds, the governor said that more than 50 per cent of health complications reported across public hospitals resulted from poorly treated malaria-related cases.

The governor, who said that over 5,000 citizens had been trained and engaged in the house-to-house distribution model across the 16 LGAs, added that the engagement of the beneficiaries would be of immense economic benefits.

“A little over one year ago, we invested millions of naira in paying counterpart funds to key into various basic healthcare programmes. N82m of that amount was meant for the anti-malaria initiative of the Global Fund. What we have in return are 2.3million insecticide-treated nets worth over N3.3 billion, among other socio-economic benefits,” he said.

“Today, we are flagging off the house-to-house distribution of these nets across our state. To do this, we have engaged at least 5,000 persons who will get paid for doing so.

“Malaria is a major killer disease in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also proven to have adverse economic effects. This is why we are so interested in fighting it. However, it is cheaper to prevent malaria than curing it. One major way of preventing the killer disease is the use of insecticide-treated nets. It is safe for use and I urge our people to use it.”

AbdulRazaq also commended all partners, volunteers, and net advocates, especially the former Minister of State for Health Hajia Amina Ndalolo for their efforts in the campaign.

The Governor later handed units of the ITNs to some families before proceeding to sleep in a demo mosquito-netted bed at the event — a symbolic gesture to demonstrate the safety of the ITN and encourage citizens to use them.

Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire, for his part, said Nigeria has continued to witness appreciable progress in malaria control and elimination efforts as the rate of malaria infection now stand at 20 per cent in Kwara State.

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