The Plateau Government said it would distribute 2,522, 250 Long Lasting Insecticidal Treated Nets(LLINs) to households across the 17 local government areas in the state, as part of its efforts to eliminate malaria in the area.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the distribution exercise is in partnership with the United States Government through the US’s President Malaria Initiative (U.S.PMI).
Mr Chris Bewa , the Programme Manager , State Malaria Elimination Programme, made the disclosure during a media parley on Tuesday in Jos, organised by the Plateau State Primary Healthcare with support from breakthrough Action Nigeria.
Bewa said preparations for LLINs distribution would hold from Feb. 1 to Feb. 9 with household mobilisation for the issuance of net card, a requirement before nets are given to any households at the 1,003 designated distribution points accross the state.
“The state launching of the distribution will be on Feb. 21, while the net distribution proper will be on Feb. 22, where only women will be allowed to come to the points for crowd control strategy,” he said.
He said the treated nets must be spread under a shade for a day before its final usage in the house, stressing that the nets should not be exposed to direct sun light.
The Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Primary Healthcare Board,Dr Livinus Miapkwap, said the objective of the event was to partner with the media to create awareness on the distribution exercise, to enhance its success.
Miapkwap assured the media that the programme would be transparent, stating that only qualified and trained personnel would be engaged in all the processes for distribution.
“We are using lessons learnt from our last distribution in 2015 to ensure this distribution is better and we also welcome constructive criticisms to ensure the success of the distribution exercise.
” We appreciate Gov. Simon Lalong for approving the counterpart funding required for this distribution exercise and we are hopeful that subsequent distribution would reach more households,” he said.
He said the State Government was also providing free malaria drugs to its 254 health facilities accross the state as the disease accounted for 68 per cent of all clinic attendance and reduced one per cent of the National Gross Domestic Product, annually.
In his remarks, Mr Paul Jatau, Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalist(NUJ), Plateau Council, urged the board and other stakeholders involved in the net distribution to ensure access to information to both media and public consumption.
He said the information would help in improving the health of the people while, assuring the organisers of the support of journalists to eliminate malaria in the state through educating the public on preventive measures.
Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf