Kano State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) has said that all is set for the program to distribute 8,862,472 Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) across local government areas of the state.
The Demand Creation Representative, Sesugh Deborah Oryiman made this known at a media parley held in Kano.
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She said, in 2019, over 8 million Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) were distributed in Kano State adding that, “available evidence shows that after three years, the insecticide wears off and would no longer be able to kill the targeted vectors. In addition, ITNs coverage in the communities decreases as well.
“In order to maintain the gains from the previous ITNs distribution in the State, the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), the Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Society for Family Health (SFH), Chemonies and other malaria partners have planned ITN Campaign in Kano State.”
She added that the State Ministry of Health and the NMEP in collaboration with implementing partners have scheduled ITN campaign to take place from 16 October to 7th December, 2022 in the State and plans to distribute over 8.8 million ITNs that have been procured with support from Global Fund.
“This is in a bid to achieving universal coverage of ITN as well as to reduce the burden of malaria in Kano State and in the country at large.
“If malaria prevention efforts are delayed or discontinued, malaria mortality is likely to return to the levels seen 20 years ago. It is therefore important that we should adopt preventive measures so that we do not fall sick due to malaria Mosquitoes are still around to transmit malaria and it is important to be protected from mosquitoes that spread malaria to avoid deaths in the communities, especially for the sake of our children and pregnant women who are more at risk.”