The Taraba State Government has commenced the distribution of two million free mosquito nets to residents of the state.
This was in line with government’s effort to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate of malaria, especially among children and pregnant women.
Governor Darius Ishaku, who supervised the exercise in Jalingo, said the aim was to transform healthcare delivery in the state beginning with the elimination of malaria and other child killer diseases.
The net was distributed in conjunction with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP).
Ishaku commended the Federal Ministry of Health and CRS for providing the treated mosquito nets for the people of Taraba.
He described it as “a milestone and a very significant support to healthcare delivery system, my administration and the people of Taraba state.”
Ishaku said in the past four years, his administration had given utmost priority to healthcare by building hospitals in Gembu, Bambur and Karim-Lamido areas of the state.
”Let me appreciate the efforts of all our partners who support us to achieve our set targets and goals because without them, there will be a huge vacuum in our healthcare delivery system,” he said.
Ishaku directed local government chairmen, traditional and religious leaders across the state to join in the campaign to reduce mortality rate of malaria in the 16 council areas of the state.
Earlier, the Country Representative of CRS, Rebecca Hallam, said that her organisation was currently the co-principal recipient of Global Fund Malaria Grant along with the NMEP.
According to her, malaria remains a major public health challenge in Nigeria and a key cause of mortality and morbidity, especially among children and pregnant women.
Hallam said the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) has consistently supported the government and people of Nigeria in the fight to reduce morbidity and mortality of malaria in the country.
Hallam said it was in view of this that NMEP and CRS were working with the Taraba Ministry of Health, with funding from Global Fund, to distribute more than 2 million mosquito nets to the 16 council areas of the state.