Shina Abubakar – Osogbo
Ms. Kafayat Oyetola, the wife of the governor of Osun, has described household abuse of insecticide-treated nets as a backlash in the state’s fight against malaria.
Ms. Oyetola, who was represented by the Commissioner for Women and Children, Ms. Olubukola Olaboopo, on World Malaria Day 2021 in Palace Square in Iragbiji, stressed the need for proper use of the network in order to achieve zero malaria levels in the state .
“Ongoing efforts to combat malaria include the use of insecticide-treated nets to prevent mosquito bites. These networks have been made available to our people free of charge since 2013 with the support of the government and our development partners, mainly the Global Fund. The nets are provided through regular mass campaigns and routine distribution to pregnant women and fully immunized children.
“These nets have proven to be extremely cost-effective in preventing and fighting malaria. While the abuse and abuse of these free networks can be seen almost everywhere in our communities, our workers need to be reminded of the opportunities that are lost if not used properly.
“Pregnant women and children are most affected by malaria. It is strongly recommended that both always sleep in the treated nets. Pregnant women are further protected by the monthly administration of anti-malarial drugs.
“The good people in Osun State are also being asked to refrain from self-treating malaria on the assumption that all fever is malaria. We equally appeal to everyone in charge of prescribing medication to ensure that the laboratory test confirms malaria before prescribing antimalarial drugs.
“The theme of this year’s World Malaria Day is“ Zero Malaria: Draw the line against malaria ”with the slogan:“ Get up, take action ”. This lofty global goal is an expression of the efforts of the Rollback Malaria Partners for a world that is free from malaria. Many have asked if it is possible for our nation to eradicate malaria and the answer is a resounding yes! We have seen that the global malaria heat map has shrunk significantly from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. The last countries declared malaria free are Sri Lanka in 2016 and Algeria and Argentina in 2019.
“We hope that with the support of each and every one of us, Nigeria will be declared malaria free in the near future,” she said.
Health Commissioner Dr. Rafiu Isamotu said the state government will step up its efforts to ensure the proper use of the insecticide-treated net to eradicate the scourge of malaria in the state.
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