In a bid to intensify the fight against the scourge malaria disease,The United states Government through its agency (United State Agency for International Development USAID) has invested the sum of N2.3bn for procurement of 2,376,400 insecticide bed treated nets to be distributed to residents of Cross River State.Other area that the money is to be spent by the US Government is for the procurement of insecticidal bed treated nets for residents of the state across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Malaria Logistic Manager, Global Health Supply chain-procurement Supply Management Mr. Godwin Aidenagbon disclosed this on Monday in an interactive session with journalists at the Ernest Etim Basset Press Centre Calabar.
The program, funded by USAID and implemented by Global Health Supply Chain Program is set to encouraged residents of the state to become malaria free, if the insecticide bed treated net is properly used.
Speaking on the importance of sleeping in insecticides bed treated net, Aidenagbon stated, “insecticides bed treated nets protects us from mosquitoes that spread the parasites. Net last for 3 years”.
Aidenagbon advocated for test of malaria before taking any drug that would eliminate malaria parasites stressing that any one who takes malaria drugs without visiting an expert to carry out a laboratory test is a sinner.
” Any one who takes malaria medicine without test is a sinner ” “in the case of allowing mosquitoes to bit us and infect us with plasmodium” Adding that the insecticide bed treated net can last for three years.
Other benefits of sleeping on insecticides bed treated nets as enumerated by Aidenagbon includes sweet breeze and less mosquitoes bit.
“All we are trying to advocate is to ensure that it becomes a fashion for for every one to sleep inside the net.
” We want to prevent mosquitoes bite and spread of plasmodium, that is if we take preventable measures, you discover that the injected plasmodium won’t have where to spread to”.
Also speaking, NMEP Representative National Malaria Elimination Program, Alhaji Shaibu Abdullahi stated that all what they are trying to do is to reduced the number of vector density so that the number of death can be reduced.
He urged crossriverians to form the habit of sleeping in the net so as not to be infected with mosquito parasites adding that insecticide bed treated net have been proven world wide of being the best when it comes to malaria prevention and. Control.
When asked where the insecticide bed treated nets are imported from the NMEP representative said ” The nets are coming from Pakistan, the have been in transit in the last 8months.And stressed that with insecticide bed treat nets mosquitoes bits and malaria disease which hitherto used be responsible for numerous number of deaths in the state would be come a thing of the past.
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