Delta Govt. To Distribute 3.9 Million Insecticide Treated Nets, Says Okobah

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By News-View

The Delta State Government through
the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA) with support from the Global Fund and Partners, would be distributing 3.9 million Insecticide Treated Net (ITN) towards the prevention, control and elimination of malaria in the State.

The Chairman of the DSPHCDA Dr Isioma Okobah stated this on Thursday, while inaugurating the Insecticide Campaign Coordinating Network (ICCN) Committee.

Dr. Okobah charged the committee to ensure the success of the campaign through planning and implementation of the mass distribution campaign, coordinating technicalities, demand creation and logistics as well as monitoring and addressing security issues

She disclosed that the state was expecting about 3.9 million Insecticide Treated Nets for mass distribution to every household in the state, adding that insecticide Treated Net was globally recognized as a key strategy for the prevention, control and elimination of Malaria.

The Agency Chairman while lauding the state Government for the prompt approval and release of the state counterpart fund also commended the Global Fund and her allied partners.

The National Coordinator of National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) represented by Mrs. Mary Esema gave an overview of the ITN mass Campaign scheduled to begin by May 1, 2022 targeting about 6Million Deltans.

Esema stated that the 2022 ITN replacement mass distribution campaign had some innovations different from the previous campaign of 2019 adding that the use of electronic technology with scanned cards containing bar codes,use of cash and asset transfer, early microplanning amongst other technical aspect will be deployed for better and efficient distribution.

The ICCN committee had members drawn from Security and paramilitary operatives in the state, religious and traditional organizations, civil society organizations, community based organizations, inter ministerial and market bodies.

The inauguration witnessed good will messages from the Chairman House Committee on Health, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment, Dr. Mrs Minnie Oseji World Health Organization , Catholic Relief Society, Management Sciences for Health, Chemonics and ACOMIN, among others.