The Society for Family Health (SFH), has said that 5.2 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) would be distributed to residents in Kaduna State from july to August 2019, as part of the campaign to end Malaria.
Murtala Aminu, Demand Creation Lead officer of SFH, made the disclosure in Kaduna during a media orientation ahead of the distribution exercise.
“Malaria is the most preventable public health challenge in the country, yet it takes a lethal toll of 97 percent of Nigerians especially children under 5 years of age and pregnant women.
Nigeria accounts for a quarter of Malaria burden in Africa and the best way for scaling up Malaria prevention is the use of long lasting insecticidal nets,” Aminu said.
He said the 2019 nets replacement campaign will end on August 21.
According to him, the orientation is to provide opportunity for journalists to gain insight about the campaign, Malaria prevention and control in the state, to enhance media coverage and mobilisation of citizens.
Aminu also said the organization is soliliciting for media support and contribution in the campaign to save lives and help people live better.
” Media can define and articulate their concerns around Malaria especially prevention issues, through the use of the long lasting insecticidal nets.”
He said that a new strategy in the distribution of the nets had been adopted for accountability and effienciency so as to get real data.
” We will be giving the nets and each net covers two people, we will mobilise people with a scan net card because that is our new technology.
The distribution of the nets will be done in pieces and over 20,000 adhoc staff have been employed with over 2,000 distribution points in the state,” Aminu said.
He appealed to residents to ensure they are scanned with the net card before collection.
The official listed the benefit of sleeping inside the net to include protecting one from mosquito that spread Malaria, ensuring sound and undisrupted sleep.
The state lead officer said that the beneficiaries should air the nets under the shade, not sun, for a day before using it.