Residents of Ilorin, capital of Kwara, have praised the state government for the recent door-to-door distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of malaria.
People made the commendation in separate interviews with the Nigeria News Agency in Ilorin on Sunday.
Adebayo Lawal said that house-to-house distribution of the nets was a good idea as it would get the items to people, especially those on average and low incomes.
Lawal said people are happy because the gesture helped reduce the risk of malaria from insect bites.
He said many residents found it difficult to purchase insecticide-treated nets due to the cost as they focused more on buying food.
Rukayat Jimoh also praised the government for their efforts to ensure that almost everyone in the state received a treated mosquito net.
Jimoh said many homes did not have mosquito nets prior to distribution and that the situation was harmful.
She said the lack of nets has forced many residents to use various insecticides to kill mosquitoes to help prevent malaria.
According to her, some of the products were harmful to health, while the use of treated mosquito nets was more effective in preventing malaria in private households.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had raised concerns that more than 50 percent of health complications reported in the state’s public hospitals were due to poorly treated malaria-related cases.
While AbdulRazaq started the door-to-door distribution of the 2.3 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets, experts cited that malaria was the most common fatal disease in sub-Saharan Africa.
The governor reaffirmed his commitment to the fight against the disease in the state.
The state government received the mosquito nets from Global Funds after paying their counterpart funds.