- Not less than 14.4 million insecticidal nets would be distributed in four selected states across the country by the federal government
- According to the minister of health, Isaac Adewole, the benefitting states include Ogun, Jigawa, Gombe and Katsina
- The minister said the nets would be distributed before the end of 2018
The federal government says it will distribute 14.4 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in four selected malaria most endemic states across the country before the end of 2018.
The minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed this on Saturday, August 17, at the inauguration of the LLINs replacement campaign in Dutse.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adewole listed the benefitting states as Ogun, Jigawa, Gombe and Katsina.
NAIJ.com gathers that the minister was represented by the medical director, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu, Jigawa, Professor Idris Suleiman.
He explained that the nets would be distributed with the support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).
The minister said that 3.7 million nets would be distributed to all communities in the 27 local government areas of in Jigawa.
He said: “It gives me great pleasure to be present at this important ceremony to flag off the replacement campaign for the distribution of LLINs in Jigawa.
“This year alone, approximately 14.4 million LLINs would be distributed in four states with support from GFATM. I am glad to inform you that Jigawa state is one of the beneficiaries and a total of 3.7 million nets would be distributed to all communities in the 27 local government areas,’’ the minister said.
According to him, the federal government has adopted LLINs replacement campaign as one of the key strategies for the prevention and elimination of malaria in the country.
Adewole further stated that the federal government has adopted the use of electronic technology for a better and more efficient LLINs campaign process this year.
“We foresee a future where programme data will be viewed as real-time and decision making would become quicker and more effective."
He said that there had been series of collaborations among the Jigawa government, malaria partnership in the state and the federal ministry of health before the commencement of the exercise.
The minister said the teamwork was to ensure appropriate and adequate planning for a successful LLINs replacement campaign in the state.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Professor Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s health minister, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had to go ahead to receive medical treatment abroad because Nigerians do not know how to handle or keep information and secrets.
Adewole reacted to the criticisms that trailed the president’s medical trips abroad. He added that the president had right to his privacy.
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