Women who sleep in a net treated with a treated insecticide (WHO)
There are currently 8.4 million specially treated mosquito nets in every household in the Nigerian state of Kano. The nets are part of an effort to reduce the incidence of malaria in Nigeria.
Woman sleeping in an insecticide treated net (WHO)
Kano State Secretary Alhaji Usman Alhaji spoke during the Flagg-Off Ceremony for Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) and thanked the Federal Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Fund for supporting the state in its efforts To eradicate malaria.
The Global Fund paid for mosquito nets that were treated with insecticides to protect citizens from harmful insects, especially mosquitoes
“Citizens should make the best use of the networks to improve health indices for the state and Nigeria as a whole.”
“Health is high on the agenda of our administration and we will ensure that the state health department is raising awareness and that the inclusion of the LLINs (after the campaign) produces the desired result,” he said.
Nigeria has the highest malaria burden in the world, accounting for around a quarter of all cases. Using LLINs is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent the disease.
Nigeria has seen a progressive decline in malaria exposure from 42% in 2010 to 23% in 2018, according to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey. The prevalence in the state of Kano is still above the national average at 32.4%.
WHO reported in the 2018 edition of the World Malaria Report that progress in the fight against malaria has stalled, so it insists that countries need to accelerate efforts to control and eradicate the disease to get back on track.
In Kano State, WHO Nigeria played a key role in supporting the grid distribution campaign, particularly with quality control, in-process monitoring and the use of monitors to assess whether people have used their networks and properly maintained them.