Malaria : SFH, NMEP distributes over 3 million insecticide nets to residents in Ogun

The Society for Family Health (SFH) and National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) had concluded plans to  commence the distribution of over three million Long Lasting Insecticide Net across Ogun state to reduce malaria cases to a barest minimum.

The National Coordinator of NMEP, Dr. Perpetua Ehomoibhi who made the disclosure while briefing Journalists in Abeokuta on Sunday  said the programme was put together by SFH and NMEP to solicit media supports on campaign against malaria and distribution of the long lasting insecticide nets to residents of the state.

The national coordinator stated that over 100 million insecticide treated nets had been distributed across the nation, adding that the campaign had  commenced on August 1 and would end on September 22, while distribution commenced on Agust 26 to September 8.

In his presentation, the Demanded Creation Consultant for the Society, Ifeanyichukwu Kingsley,  regretted that two out of four persons living with malaria in West Africa sub-region were from Nigeria.

Kingsley stressed that one out of five deaths from malaria globally occured in Nigeria.

He added that Nigerians had fast shifted attention away from the fight against  Malaria due to the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic, warning that if proper care was  not taking, malaria cases might be worst now than in 2019.

The consultant equally warned that if the  ITN campaign was delayed, death toll from malaria would increase.

His words: "Delaying ITNs campaign would result in additionally deaths, mitigating the negative impact is achievable and should be prioritize. 

"The use of ITNs is effective for malaria control and when properly implemented will contribute remarkably to the overall reduction of Malaria prevalence in the country.

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