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Malaria Responsible For 30% Child Mortality In Jigawa

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Malaria disease has been identified as being responsible for 30 per cent of child mortality and 11 per cent of maternal mortality rates in Jigawa State.

The state commissioner for Health, Dr Abba Zakar, revealed this while speaking at the flag-off for distribution of 3.7 million Mosquitoes Net held in Dutse capital.

He said, the federal government intervention in collaboration with other partners in which the said number of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Net (LLITN) known as “Mosquitoes Net” will be distributed across the 27 local government areas of the state, will enhance the state government’s effort in tackling the high rate of child and maternal mortality rates in the state.

In his speech at the occasion, the state deputy governor, Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, said that the LLITN replacement exercise embarked on by federal government and other partners is a welcome development.

He explained that, record has shown that, there was 76 per cent utilisation of the previous nets distributed in the state four years back, which the replacement exercise is set to mop-off now.

According to him, the state government is committed to the improvement of its health sector to ensure access to basic health care services for all people of the state.

Commenting on the exercise, The World Health Organisation, represented by its National Professional Officer, Malaria Control in charge of Northwest Zone, Dr Jalal Saleh said, in addition to the preventive Measures, LLITN use proves to be the most cost-effective strategy of Malaria control, especially in the malaria endemic countries like Nigeria.

He however, revealed that, the global fight against malaria has resulted in about 62 per cent drop in death attributed to the disease in Nigeria according to 2015 Malaria Indicator survey.

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