By Michael Adesanya /Abeokuta
As part of efforts to continue to provide qualitative health care to the people of Ogun State, avout 3.3 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) would be distributed this year to curb the menace of malaria across the State.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye who said this in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, during a press briefing commemorating the 2018 World Malaria Day with the theme, ‘’Ready to Beat Malaria: Yes We can”, advocated the maintenance of personal and environmental hygiene at all time, in order to curtail the spread of malaria.
He advised the people to drain stagnant water around their neighbourhood so as to forestall breeding of mosquitoes. He said government between 2010 and 2014 had distributed over 3million Nets and would not relent until malaria is totally eradicated.
‘’In Ogun State, we recall that in 2010, 1.6million were distributed, in 2014, we distributed over 2million Long Lasting Insecticidal Net and so in 2018, we will be distributing 3.3million Nets across the nooks and crannies of our dear State.
‘’In the last year, we have tested almost half a million people in most of our primary care facilities and almost 300,000 have received high quality medication of Arthemicin Combined Therapy (ACT), for treatment of malaria’’, he submitted.
He therefore charged developing partners who had supported the course of eliminating malaria in the past not to relent in their efforts at ensuring that every vulnerable persons, including children under five and pregnant women are free from malaria disease.