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Okowa tasks residents on regular usage of insecticide treated nets

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta  has urged residents of the state to ensure regular usage of the insecticide treated nets being dustributed across the state in order to protect  from mosquito bites.

Okowa made the call on Wednesday in Asaba, during the flag-off ceremony for the distribution of free insecticide treated nets (ITNs) in Delta State.

The governor who was represented by the state Commissioner for Finance, Sir Fidelis Tilije noted that though malaria is preventable, but remained a major public health challenge in Africa.

He said that Nigeria accounts for 25 per cent of malaria cases which results in about 30 per cent of deaths of children under five years of age.

Okowa added that Malaria accounts for 25 per cent of deaths at birth of infants and 11 per cent of maternal mortality.

He  explained that mosquitoes harbour the parasites that cause malaria and infested anopheles mosquitoes breed freely around us and easily transmit the disease from person to person.

“This calls for more concerted effort at its control and elimination and underscores the need to leverage on the support of the roll back malaria partners of the Global fund for malaria,” he said.

The governor said that the state is investing in various plans to ensure that the malaria scourge is eliminated in Delta State by giving prophylaxis to pregnant women, prompt case management using the test and treatment strategy and the distribution of 3.7 million insecticide treated nets.

Okowa said this would help to reduce the scourge to the barest minimum the contact of mosquitoes and humans.

He urged the people of the to collect the nets and use them appropriately as instructed in order to achieve the State government objective of eradicating malaria in the state.

Also, the wife of the State Governor Dame Edith Okowa, who was invested as the State Net Ambassador, pledged to synergize with stakeholders and advocates at the local government areas to mobilize families and households to utilize the nets effectively for optimum result in the state.

She urged the residents of the state to make themselves available for proper registration by the health workers in order to receive nets.

Dame Okowa stressed the importance of cleanliness and curbing the malaria scourge, adding that, “let us keep our surroundings clean so that we can have a malaria free society.”

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