By Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq today announced the distribution of 2.3 million house-to-house mosquito nets to residents across the state to prevent infection of the disease among people.
He said the gesture was necessary because more than 50 percent of the health complications reported in public hospitals were the result of poorly treated malaria cases, and reiterated his commitment to the global fight against the disease, which, according to experts, is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Governor spoke at the official launch of the house-to-house distribution of 2.3 million insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) that the state received from Global Funds as a result of its payment of relevant matching funds.
AbdulRazaq said his administration has paid huge counterpart funds to participate in various initiatives that would allow people in the state to access basic health care, including the recently launched free malaria program.
He said: “Just over a year ago, we invested millions of naira in matching funds to access various basic health care programs. N82m of that amount went to the Global Fund’s malaria initiative. What we have in return is 2.3 million insecticide-treated nets worth more than 3.3 billion naira, among other socio-economic benefits.
“Today, we are signaling the distribution of these nets from house to house throughout our state. To do this, we have hired at least 5,000 people who will be paid to do it.
“Malaria is one of the leading deadly diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also been shown to have adverse economic effects. This is why we are so interested in fighting it. However, it is cheaper to prevent malaria than to cure it. An important way to prevent the deadly disease is the use of insecticide-treated nets. It is safe to use and I urge our people to use it. “
AbdulRazaq also praised all the network’s partners, volunteers and advocates, especially the former Minister of State for Health, Hajia Amina Ndalolo, for their efforts in the campaign.
The governor then handed out units of ITNs to some families before sleeping on a mosquito net demo bed at the event, a symbolic gesture to demonstrate the safety of ITNs and encourage citizens to use them. .
Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire, for his part, said Nigeria has continued to witness appreciable progress in malaria control and elimination efforts, as the malaria infection rate now stands at 20% in Kwara state.
“The state of Kwara is one of three states selected to benefit from the 2020 mass distribution of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) campaigns aimed at delivering 2.3 million ITNs to beneficiaries with support from the Global Fund. Furthermore, two LGAs (Asa and Moro) will be used simultaneously to carry out the evaluation of the New Net Project, which will involve monitoring the impact of new generation ITNs on malaria indicators, ”he said, praising the Governor’s political support.
Kwara State House of Assembly Speaker Engr Yakubu Danladi Salihu said that the payment of matching funds and other investments has changed the state’s narrative in the healthcare sector.
Former State Health Minister and Kwara Net Ambassador Hajia Amina Ndalolo encouraged women-only appointees in the state to promote the use of insecticide-treated nets to enable the state to achieve the result of its investment in the sector. Of the health.
Kwara State Health Commissioner Dr. Raji Rasaq said that the participation of more than 5,000 citizens in the house-to-house distribution model in the 16 LGAs will be of immense economic benefits.
“The sustained injection of funds by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in the health sector to boost the provision of health care needs to the population is unmatched in the history of the state,” he added, detailing the unprecedented efforts of the administration in the sector.
In their goodwill messages, Ernest Nwokolo of the Society for Family Health, Diwe Ekweremadu of Catholic Relief Services, and Abdullahi Nageri, the Program Manager of the State Elimination Program, congratulated the state government on the partnership which, according to They said, it had yielded positive results.
They urged the governor to continue pushing the campaign to eliminate malaria in Kwara state.