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Malaria: Gov El-Rufai Distributes 5.2m Treated Nets

GOV Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has ruled out the distribution of 5.2 million long-lasting insecticide networks (LLIN) on Friday in Kaduna as part of measures to combat malaria.

El-Rufai said the exercise was the third time the state government distributes and replaces the treated networks. Represented by his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, the governor said the campaign would focus on providing the replacement of previously distributed spent networks.

He said families could have up to four networks, as it is a sure way to prevent the transmission of malaria.

According to him, the networks will be distributed during the campaign period and during the provision of the routine immunization service, which is intended to provide a protection service for people against mosquito bites in hospital outpatient departments.

El-Rufai asked people to ensure that they make proper use of the networks, noting that there are reports, especially from rural areas, about inappropriate use of the systems.

He said this year’s campaign would emphasize mobilization for service capture, awareness, and communication of behavior change.

“This, I believe, is a way of ensuring that the networks provided are used for the purpose for which they are submitted. The information provided will make informed decisions for the proper use of the networks,” said the governor.

He called on those responsible for distributing the networks to ensure that they are available to families by established plans and guidance. El-Rufai said that effective monitoring and supervision was necessary during implementation.

He said the campaign would be implemented alongside polio immunization, which will offer the opportunity to move towards contributing to global polio eradication efforts.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to guarantee a polio-free state for its future generation.

Dr. Hamza Abubakar, Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, asked parents to ensure that children receive all care needs.

Abubakar thanked the efforts of the state, the local government, and the traditional institution in the fight against malaria.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) also reports that the distribution of LLINs is carried out in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Health of the State of Kaduna and the Society for Family Health.