As part of activities marking the 2015 World Malaria Day, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Lift Above Poverty (LAPO) has distributed 20,000 long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets to nursing mothers in the Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.
The mosquito nets were distributed to the beneficiaries at a seminar with the theme ‘Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria’ organized by LAPO in collaboration with lka North East Local Government Primary Health Department to mark the 2015 World Malaria Day in the area.
Distributing the nets at the Primary Health Care Centre in Boji-Boji Owa, the location officer of LAPO, Delta Region, Mrs. Vivian Obiagwu, urged nursing mothers to make use of the nets in order to mitigate the unpleasant consequences of malaria scourge.
She stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to significantly reduce to the barest minimum, incidences of maternal and infant mortality, describing malaria as a deadly disease which must be fought by all stakeholders.
She advised mothers to visit the nearest health care centre to them whenever they noticed any sign of malaria in their children, pointing out that they should avoid self-medication in all its ramifications because of the danger inherent in such practice.
While saying LAPO partners with health-related agencies to promote healthy living in the society, among other things, she disclosed that free blood pressure and malaria testing were conducted on the nursing mothers, adding those found to be positive to malaria were given anti-malaria drugs.
Also speaking during the seminar, the focal person on Roll Back Malaria in the local government area, Mrs. Edith Aleh listed children, pregnant women and nursing mothers as people at risk of malaria, expressing happiness that the fight against malaria had been intensified.
She, however, stressed the need for people to drain stagnant water and clear over-grown weeds in their neighbourhood, saying they should not do things that would promote the breeding of mosquitoes.
While applauding LAPO for partnering the health department of the council in promoting public awareness on the scourge of malaria, she enjoined other NGOs to emulate the philanthropic disposition of LAPO.
Highlights of the seminar were practical demonstration of how to set up insecticide treated net for use and the distribution of the nets to nursing mothers.