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The Anambra State Government said plans are underway to distribute no fewer than 3.8 milion free insecticide-treated mosquito nets to residents as part of measures to prevent malaria.
Dr Vincent Okpala, the state Commissioner for Health, disclosed this during the inauguration of members of Insecticide Treated Nets Campaign Coordination Network (ICCN), on Tuesday, in Awka.
Okpala said that sleeping inside the nets would protect people from mosquitoes that spread malaria, adding that it would also ensure sound sleep.
“The members of the team that are being inaugurated have their terms of reference. They will track progress towards implementation of the campaign, address bottlenecks and identify potential advocates to act as net Ambassadors.
“The team will also mobilise resources and carry out monitoring of the net distribution, among others.
“The distribution of the nets will cut across all the 21 local government areas of the state and we urge the media to support the exercise by keeping malaria issues and the need to imbibe the mosquito net culture in the front burner.
“Our people need to be aware that hanging and sleeping inside the nets is easier than treating malaria,” he said.
Also speaking, Mrs Laitan Adeniyi, Malaria Consortium Senior Manager, said the members of ICCN are expected to hold meetings for the implementation of the ITN mass distribution in the state.
Adeniyi said the distribution would commence from May 8 to July 8, 2022.
She urged residents to cooperate with the state government to enable a successful implementation of the net campaign.