Governor Abubakar  Sani Bello  Poised To Combat Malaria  In  Niger State 

…Calls For  Use  Of  Treated  Moisquito Nets And  Test  Kits
Adedamola Oladele
As Nigeria continue to combat malaria, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called for the proper use of treated mosquito nets and malaria test kits to reduce the effect of the disease to the barest minimum, as Nigeria continue to combat malaria.
Governor Sani Bello stated  this when he received a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Health and Malaria Control Partners who were on an advocacy visit on insecticide-treated net campaign 2022 in the state.
The Governor  emphasized the need for the use of treated mosquito nets among households and schools as malaria which is avoidable accounts for many deaths.
He  added that rapid diagnostic tests for malaria will ensure the right treatment instead of relying on symptoms, just as he assured the delegation that the state government will support the campaign to achieve the desired result.
“We will do whatever we can to support the programme to the best of our ability because we recognise that health is very important and this is the least we can do for  our people and so it is very key and malaria is very common around here”, he said.
He said, the state will provide the counterpart funds to the Global Funds as it has always done with other development partners, and directed the Ministry of Health to ensure that Malaria drugs are purchased and distributed to the people for free.
The Governor, thereby  commended the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health and Malaria Control Partners for the provision of 3.7 million mosquito nets for the state pointing out that it would go a long way to help the people.
Head, Integrated Vector Management Branch, National Malaria Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Okefu Okoko, said  the country is responsible for a one-third quarter of malaria and deaths in the world with 23 per cent.
Mr. Okoko who represented the Minister of Health said that they were in the state to create awareness on the use of treated mosquito nets and the use of malaria drugs to reduce to less than 10 percent, morbidity and mortality caused by malaria before 2025.
“All efforts are being put in place towards bringing down the prevalence. We want more of our children to survive their childhood, we also want more of our pregnant women to be able to survive their pregnancy”, he stated
He however decried  the high rate of malaria prevalence and low usage of treated mosquito nets in the state which stands at 32 and 16 percent respectively.
According to him, the state is expected to pay N600million  annual counterpart fund for three years in order to benefit N11.9billions  at the end of 2023 to fight against Malaria.
Mr. Okoko commended the state government for providing the warehouse for the storage of the nets and other goods as well as security to assist them carry out their function.

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