By Hussaini Hammangabdo, Yola
No fewer than 2,888,912 million treated mosquito nets is to be distributed through House-to-House, aimed at reducing malaria scourge Adamawa state.
Adamawa State Government with support from the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Catholic Relief Service(CRS) and Chemonics with funding support from the Global Fund Malaria Grant have commenced the process with advocacy on journalists for the 2020 insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) mass campaign.
The distribution to residents would cover the 21 LGAs of the state.
Commissioner for Health who was represented by the Director Public Health Adamawa State Ministry of Health, Isaac Kadala explained that, said the objective of the ITN mass campaign is to ensure that for every 2 persons in a household one mosquito net is available to sleep inside and be protected from mosquitoes that spread malaria.
‘’Household registration and simultaneous distribution of ITNs will commence from 15th- 18 October.
‘’Households must ensure that someone is available at home within the period to provide information to the mobilization and distribution teams (MDT) and collect the nets,’’ Kadala assured.
He said that the state government and other partners have to change strategies due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, “We have to change the strategies because of COVID- 19, we are going to take the nets into the households, every house in Adamawa State whether is in Koma, Guyuk or in Sugu, the nets will reach there.”
Nyoko Ogar, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) representative all prevailed on the need for concerted to achieve the desired result of fighting malaria.
‘’The use of it is the most cost-effective for malaria control and when properly used by hanging and sleeping inside every night will contribute remarkably to the overall reduction of malaria prevalence in the country,’’ said Nyoko Ogar.
Zainab Baba Mai Ali, Senior Manager Vector Control of the Catholic Relief Service(CRS), said all hands including media must be on deck as‘’ messages on how to use and care for the nets would be provided at the households as well as messages on COVID-19 preventive measures.’’
The state flag-off campaign and investiture of net ambassador will be on 14th October 2020, as Household mobilization and net distribution will be on 15th-28th October 2020.