Jos, Nigeria: Central Nigerian authorities say over 2.5million insecticide treated nets will be shared to households in Plateau State this February.
This is part of a mass campaign against Malaria, which accounts for over 300,000 deaths per year in Nigeria, the highest rate in the world.
Plateau State with about 39% prevalence rate recorded 15% drop in the scorch of the disease in the last four years, according to official records.
The feat is however not enough, says Dr. Livinus Miapkwap, the Executive Secretary, Plateau State Primary Healthcare Board and State Chairman of the Long Lasting Insecticidal Net Distribution Campaign.
“We want to achieve at least 80% reduction of the disease by the next three years,” Miapkwap told Journalists on Tuesday in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
One net card = one net
The campaign according to him will start with house-to-house registration of beneficiaries from 1st to 9th February 2020.
During the registration, each two persons will be given one net card which will qualify them for a net.
The nets, the official said will be shared at 1,003 distribution points across the State from 22nd to 26th February, 2020.
Plateau State, Mr. Miapkwap said has paid N126m as counterpart fund to access the intervention from global health partners.
As such, proper monitoring will be done to ensure target beneficiaries get and use the product to achieve set goals, Miapkwap said.
In his words, the Plateau State Ministry of Health through the State Malaria Elimination Program, said will be executing the program with support from the US PMI implementing partners – Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement Supply Management project and Breakthrough Action Nigeria.
The agency according to him will rely on religious and traditional leaders, the media and other relevant stakeholders to eliminate myths and misconceptions on the use of the insecticidal nets.
Monthly media parley
As part of the networks, the officials had a “parley” with journalists in Jos on Tuesday.
“The media is key and very important. We cannot succeed without the media,” said the Plateau State Program Manager, State Malaria Elimination Program in the State Ministry, Pharmacist Chris Bewa.
The parley, Mr. Farooq Muhammed Auwwal, an official of Breakthrough Action Nigeria, said was to orient and motivate journalists to develop interest in the coverage of malaria prevention and control.
Adding, the Director of Public Health in the Plateau State Ministry of Health, Mr. Gunen Lakdan, said the media can speed up awareness and monitoring of the program.
The parley will hold monthly as a monitoring and accountability strategy, officials say.