(NAN) Gov. Mala Buni of Yobe on Monday in Damaturu inaugurated the distribution of 2.3 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in the state to eliminate malaria.
Buni, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Idi Gubana, said that distribution of the nets was part of government’s effort to free its citizens from mosquito bites in order to protect them from malaria attack.
“The Yobe government in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Health through the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), with support from the World Bank and other role back malaria partners has successfully distributed millions of lLLINs in all the 17 local government areas of the state.
“This is as part of this administration’s determination to accelerate drive in line with Federal Government’s agenda to eliminate malaria in Nigeria,” Buni said.
He commended the efforts of all the development partners – Global
Fund, Malaria Consortium, National Malaria Control Program, World Health
Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF,
among others, for their support to the state.
Ha urged traditional rulers and religious leaders to support the noble initiative of distributing the LLINs for effective malaria elimination.
In his remarks, the West and Central Africa Programme Director for Malaria Consortium, Dr Kolawole Maxwell, stated that the 2.3 million LLINs were targeted at least 4.2 million people of Yobe.
“We are gathered here today to flag of the distribution of 2.3 LLINs procured by Malaria Consortium with funding from the Global Fund. These nets would reach at least 4.2 million citizens of Yobe.
“The ultimate outcome of the benefits of this initiatives are to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by malaria, improve household economy, increase school attendance for children and productivity for parents,” Maxwell added.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Abdul’Aziz Abdullahi, noted that Yobe was one of the six states for mass replacement campaigns in 2019.
“The campaign across the six states is aimed at delivering over 25 million LLINs to beneficiaries in the country with the support from Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria (GFATM).
He added that Nigerian government had adopted the use of LLINs as one of the key strategies of the integrated package to prevent and eliminate malaria in the country.
The National Coordinator, Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr Audu Bala, urged the State Net Ambassadors to continue to lead the process in order to fast track the implementation of the remaining activities outlined in the campaign timeline in the state. (NAN)