Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The government of the state of BAYELSA has begun distributing Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) to residents and communities as part of Malaria Prevention Measures.
Distribution began Monday at the Yenagoa Women’s Hospital. It was tagged with the “Hang up, Use” 2020 campaign.
Health Commissioner Dr. Pabara Igwele said trained health ministry workers were handing out nets and educating families on their proper use, as it was found that rural residents frequently convert the nets into fishing nets.
Igwele said, “We have just launched the ‘Hang Up, Use’ campaign for insecticide treated nets. We have trained some of our workers who will be going into the hinterland to distribute these nets and teach them how to use them.
“That’s because we want people to use the nets for what they are meant to be used for, as we’ve learned that some people turn them into fishing nets while others just dump them.
“The government bought over 100,000 nets to get them for free. People should make good use of it and thank Governor Douye Diri for his efforts to reduce malaria. “