Dutse – The Jigawa State Government, as part of its malaria prevention / elimination strategies, has started the distribution of 3.7 million insecticide-treated bednets to vulnerable households in the state.

Deputy Governor Alhaji Umar Namadi at the inauguration of the 12-day distribution exercise on November 17, 2021, in Madobi village, Dutse Local Government Area (LGA), said the The objective is to encourage everyone to sleep inside the net, in particular populations vulnerable to malaria (pregnant women and children under 5).

He stressed that the goal is to ensure 100% coverage for the distribution of mosquito nets and 80% use by the vulnerable population.

Maryam Musa, a 26-year-old mother of four who received free insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) at the location of the 2021 replacement campaign reporting, expressed gratitude to the government and partners for the support to protect your home from deadly disease.

“I am happy to be among the first beneficiaries of this gesture and hope that other mothers will also benefit from it. We need mosquito nets to protect my children and myself from mosquito bites to prevent malaria”, a- she declared.

Malaria remains a public health problem in Nigeria. It could be prevented and cured through collaborative efforts such as the use of IBD.

Malaria is a fatal disease responsible for about 11% of maternal mortality and 30% of infant mortality, especially in children under five.

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Jigawa State Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Salisu Muazu said the state government and partners plan to distribute 3.7 million ITNs to the 288 wards of 27 LGAs during of the 2021 replacement campaign.

“The government and our technical partners worked out the logistics to run a smooth exercise. We are deploying modern technology to record the distribution, ”he said.

In his message of goodwill, WHO State Coordination Dr Sunday Audu praised the efforts of the Jigawa State Government to respond to epidemics and other health emergencies.

Dr Audu said that “The World Malaria Report 2021 (WMR) has shown that progress in malaria control has stalled in countries with high malaria prevalence. Since 2000, countries with high malaria prevalence have achieved significant improvement in disease control using ITNs as one of the most cost-effective intervention.

He further encouraged the government to invest in health and to continue revitalizing primary health care (PHC) by implementing PHC as part of a one-roof strategy to address inequalities in access to health. quality health services.

Other partners supporting Jigawa State and its malaria prevention strategies include the Global Fund, the US government through USAID / PMI, the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The implementing partners are the Catholic Relief Society (CRS) and the Malaria Consortium, among others.