A total of 1.65 million Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN), are to be distributed across the 13 Local Government Areas in Nasarawa State.

The Coordinator of National Malaria Elimination Program, Dr Audu Bala Mohammed, made this known yesterday at the official flag off of the distribution of free Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN), at the Emir’s palace, Lafia.

Dr Mohammed, disclosed that Nigeria has continued to make appreciable progress, which made malaria cases drop to 27 per cent from 42 per cent in 2010.

“The Campaign in Nasarawa State, is aimed at delivering 1.65 LLINs beneficiaries in Nasarawa State with support from the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), through USAID Global Health Supply Chain Programe”.

“The National Malaria Elimination Programme, will continue to work with its partners to ensure we win this war, for a malaria free Nigerian, in line with Mr President’s change mantra “ he said.

Earlier, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Iya, thanked the WHO and other donors for partnering the state in the area of health care delivery.

He lamented that, “Malaria remains a major cause of morbidity, especially among children under five years and pregnant women.”

“Malaria is also an important cause of illness, even among adults with many hours lost at places of work, thereby affecting productivity with its economic implications,” he said.