FG, SFH distributes 3.2 million handled mosquito nets to five,000 residents in Osun – The Solar Nigeria
… Oyetola’s wife is recognized as a network ambassador for leading the campaign
Clement Adeyi, Osogbo
The federal government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Society for Family Health (SFH) have teamed up to launch a free distribution of 3.2 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets to all residents of Osun State to help control and prevent malaria in the State to speed up.
The distribution is targeting the estimated 5,000 residents of the state to ensure no one benefits from the gesture to ensure malaria prevention for everyone through the partners’ Roll BacK Malaria campaign initiative.
This was announced in Osogbo, the state capital, over the weekend when Ms. Kafayat Oyetola, the wife of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, was selected as a network ambassador by the SFH to lead the nationwide campaign against the scourge.
The investiture gives her responsibility for participation, ownership and running the campaign.
The choice of Ms. Oyetola as ambassador was motivated by her tremendous contributions to the welfare of women and children, particularly with regard to health needs.
Family Health Society’s assistant project director John Ocholi said the campaign, which is supported by Global Funds, will officially end on October 7th.
Ocholi added that the nets would be distributed door-to-door to all households across the state between October 8 and October 21, 2020.
During the official furnishing ceremony in the government building in Osogbo, Ms. Oyetola was delighted about her appointment as a network ambassador.
She noted that anything that guaranteed the safety of women and children in the state appealed to her passion.
“Please always count on me when you need me. I don’t joke about issues that affect children and women. Malaria affects children, especially children under the age of 5. So I’ll do more for you than you expect, ”said the first lady.
While praising the partners’ efforts, she noted, “We are always happy to receive any help we can get for malaria control. Mosquito nets treated with insecticides, when used correctly, have proven to be the most cost effective preventive measure against mosquito control. There is evidence that a community can get rid of malaria if up to 80 percent of people regularly sleep online, she added. “
She urged residents to use the network:
“The government and Roll Back Malarial partners have provided insecticide treated nets (ITNS) free of charge to all households to protect you and your families from malaria. Now we can protect ourselves from malaria by hanging and sleeping in the insecticide-treated nets every night.
While continuing to explain the rationale behind the campaign, Ocholi noted that malaria episodes were widespread in children and women, especially pregnant women.
He stressed that the first step in the fight against prevention requires distributing the treated nets.
“We want Osun to be number 1 in malaria control. This money is on Her Excellency’s table as a network ambassador, ”he said.
Ocholi said public health officials would be in the state for 55 days to train staff for the campaign.
“There will be about 679 regulators on all stations and in the local authority areas that will oversee the distribution. It will be a door-to-door distribution. Devices are used to confirm the number of residents in houses to perform the exercises.
We’re going to drop our phone numbers and cards for people we didn’t meet at home to call back. Then we will return to distribute them. Nobody is excluded from the distribution.
However, the net is not intended for fishing, it must be used for that purpose, ”Ocholi said.
He urged the first lady to use the web and get her husband to do the same, which would go a long way in encouraging the public to use it.
The health commissioner Dr. Rafiu Isamotu commended the First Lady for agreeing to lead the anti-malaria campaign in the state.
Noting that the state can get rid of malaria as Cuba and Sri Lanka had done, he noted, “What we are doing here today is a step in the right direction.”