The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Folukemi Aladenola, made the revelation at a media briefing on an insecticide-treated web campaign in Akure on Tuesday.
Aladenola, who said the distribution would extend to all 18 local government areas in the state, added that such an exercise was last conducted in the state in 2017.
She said malaria elimination depends on everyone’s contribution.
According to her, the campaign will be canceled on December 8th, while the registration and distribution of the networks will take place on December 9th.
Also the Demand Creation Advisor of the Malaria Consortium Group, Dr. Anthony Ehon, said that every household was focused on keeping the network going.
He said that every second person in a household would be given a net during the expected 12-day exercise, with two days for the clean-up exercise.
Ehon urged the media to support the exercise by leaving malaria issues and the need to emphasize mosquito net culture.
He said sleeping on the nets would protect people from mosquitos, which spread malaria, and added that it would also ensure healthy and undisturbed sleep.
“Hanging up and sleeping in the nets is easier than treating malaria,” he said.
Ehon also warned that improper use of the nets could lead to itchy skin, rashes, reddened skin, and red eyes, adding that the discomfort would go away in a short time.
He also called for the nets to be ventilated in the shade for 24 hours before use and to be washed with mild soap if they were dirty.
“After washing, ventilate to dry in the shade and do not wash more than four to five times a year or 20 washes within three years.
“If the mesh is torn, use thread and needle to fix it. Don’t use your mesh for more than three years,” he said.
Also speak, Mrs. Ada-Eze Aidenagbon, a senior official on the group, noted that the discomfort with using the nets was reduced as it was used.
“If it feels hot to sleep under the net, the discomfort while using it will be less. You should also keep your window open to turn the heat down, to reduce the heat, and get dressed easily,” she said .