The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), SFH, Chemonics have planned to distribute over 8.8 million treated nets procured with support from Global Fund
ALL IN ONE reports that the gesture is part of a bid to achieve universal coverage of the Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) as well as to reduce the burden of malaria in the state in particular and the country at large.
Briefing journalists at a media parley in the state as part of activities to kick start the exercise, Dr. Ernest Nwokolo, Project Director Global Fund Malaria Project, Nigeria, SFH, described the media as important partners in achieving the objectives.
Dr. Nwokolo urged the media to help the state Ministry of Health to continue with the exercise, suggesting that as the mosquito could fly up to five kilometers, malaria control should be a community issue.
“That is why we are doing the campaign. In developed countries, like the United States, mosquitoes are flying there too, but they don’t carry the diseases,” Dr. Nwokolo said.
Earlier in her presentation on ‘Overview of ITNs Campaign Process in COVID-19,’ Mrs. Sesugh Deborah Oryiman, Demand Creation Representative of SFH, said they intended to embark on door-to-door campaign this year in order to create awareness on the disease as well distribute the nets to households.
She told the journalists more on the campaign process, which she highlighted that it involved macro-planning, which involves planning at national level down to local government areas; micro-planning, which is bottom top approach; implementation, where it involves training, orientation, community mobilization and transportation of the nets and post campaign activities.
On her part, the Demand Creation CTAT of SFH, Abimbola Oloruntogbe who made another presentation on: ‘Mass Campaign: Media Orientation,’ while outlining the situation in the country, said over 31 million estimated cases of the disease occur annually in the country.
Oloruntogbe said according to statistics, two out of four persons having malaria in the West African Sub-region, live in Nigeria, pointing out that malaria cases lead to low productivity, saying that the country nearly accounts for 110 million clinically diagnosed cases.
She said their expectation in the state was that every community should be aware of the nets distribution exercise, stating that they could only achieve the objective through the support of the media.
She highlighted on the benefits of sleeping under the net and how to use the net correctly among other things, explaining that the nets to be distributed are not adequate, but individuals could buy more to cover the rest of the family.
The exercise was started on October 16 and it is expected to last till December 8.
It would be recalled that in 2019, over eight million insecticide treated nets (ITNs) were distributed in the state.
However, evidence showed that after three years, the insecticide wears off and would no longer be able to kill the targeted vectors.