Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in collaboration with the federal ministry of Health, under the aegis of National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) and the Gombe state government with the support of Global Fund to fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria are planning to distribute over 2 million insecticidal nets to residents throughout the 11 local government areas of Gombe State.
Speaking during a media orientation on long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) campaign in Gombe on Tuesday, the senior manager vector control of CRS, Mrs Zainab Ali, said that the need for the orientation programme became necessary to solicit the support of the media in given the distribution exercise adequate coverage.
Mrs Ali, points out that the training also aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness about several issues relating to Malaria and how it can be prevented through the use of treated mosquito nets.
She said the objective is to provide journalists to gain an insight into long lasting insecticidal nets, with a strong call on the participants to help in spreading the awareness towards realising the objective of the exercise.
“The objective of the distribution is to ensure that for every 2 persons in Gombe state, there is one bed net to sleep inside.” She noted.
She said the registration of households for the exercise will start from 3rd to 11th of November, while distribution will commence from the 24th to 28th of November in the 868 distribution points across all the 11 LGAs.
In his remarks the SMEP, program manager in Gombe state, Dr. Muhammed Lawal, said that the media should work in collaboration with the agency to create proper awareness and also keep the state healthy.
The program manager also said that journalists should key into the programme in order to make the state free of malaria, adding that the long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) are designed to maintain utmost biological efficacy to prevent users from being bitten by mosquitoes.