Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV, Malaria, Leprosy and Tuberculosis (BACATMA), is to distribute a total of 3.8million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) to the people of the state in its determination to reduce the high prevalence of malaria in the State.
This was revealed by the Chairman of BACATMA, Dr Muhammad Sambo Alkali during a one-day workshop and campaign for 2018 LLIN organised for media orientation held for Journalists in Bauchi State at the NUJ Press Centre, Bauchi.
Muhammad Alkali also said that such efforts were being put in place by the state government with support from the United Nations and other donor agencies to eradicate malaria, especially among underage children who suffer the most in the state.
The Chairman further said that the campaign of the LLIN was being conducted all over the country, adding that the replacement campaign takes place every four years and is being supported by the state government and informed that the United Nations also contribute to carrying out the exercise.
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Muhammad Alkali further said that the objective of the workshop was to provide opportunities for practising Journalists to join in the campaign which will last for nine weeks from now, adding that the registration will commence from 10th November.
He also informed that house to house registration will take place before the distribution, declaring that it is only households registered that will be given the treated insecticide nets.
While speaking at the workshop, one of the facilitators, Usman Inuwa, from the Breakthrough Action – Nigeria, said that the workshop was meant to train Journalists to gain insight into the implementation of long-lasting Insecticidal nets distribution campaign with an emphasis on the ongoing campaign in the state.
He said that the workshop was also to re-orientate Journalists on malaria prevention and control strategies, especially the use of LLINs, which will make them be able to inform the general public through their reports and documentaries.
Another facilitator, Godwin Aidenagbon, who is the Malaria Logistics Manager, Global Supply Chain Project, Abuja, also emphasised on the importance of sleeping under the net especially pregnant women and children who are under five years.
Godwin Aidenagbon further said that Nigeria contributes a quarter of malaria burden in Africa, adding that 97percent of the total population of Nigeria is having malaria diseases every year and declared that by 2020, everybody in Nigeria should assess the LLIN.
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