More than 50 percent of health complications reported across public hospitals resulted from poorly treated malaria-related cases, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq disclosed this while reiterating his commitment to the global fight against the disease that experts say is the number one killer in sub-Saharan Africa.
The governor spoke in Ilorin at the official launch of house-to-house distribution of 2.3million insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) which the state received from Global Funds as a result of its payment of relevant counterpart funds.
The Governor later handed units of the ITNs to some families before proceeding to sleep in a demo mosquito-netted bed at the event a symbolic gesture to demonstrate the safety of the ITN and encourage citizens to use them.
Similarly, the Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, for his part, said Nigeria has continued to witness appreciable progress in malaria control and elimination efforts as the rate of malaria infection now stand at 20% in Kwara State adding that Kwara State is one of the three states selected to benefit from the 2020 mass insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) distribution campaigns aimed at delivery of 2.3 million ITNs to beneficiaries with the support of Global Fund.
Kwara State is one of the three states selected to benefit from the 2020 mass insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) distribution campaigns aimed at the delivery of 2.3 million ITNs to beneficiaries with the support of the Global Fund.
Former Minister of State for Health and Kwara Net Ambassador Hajia Amina Ndalolo encouraged all-female political appointees in the state to promote the use of ITNs to enable the state to achieve the result of its investment in the health sector.
Kwara State Commissioner for Health Dr. Raji Rasaq said engagement of over 5000 citizens in the house-to-house distribution model across the 16 LGAs will be of immense economic benefits.
In their goodwill messages, Ernest Nwokolo of the Society for Family Health, Dive Ekweremadu of Catholic Relief Services, and Abdullahi Negeri, the Programme Manager State Elimination Programme, commended the state government for the partnership which they said had yielded positive results.
They urged the governor to continue to push forward the campaign to eliminate Malaria in Kwara State.
Each household would be getting insecticide mosquito nets based on their population with 2 to 1 treated net while the citizens were enjoined to maximize the use of these nets to achieve its preventive purpose.