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Malaria Control Measures: Governor Bala Distributes 4.4 Million Mosquito Treated Nets

By Abdulwahab Muhammad, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Government has engaged more than twenty seven thousand adhoc staff to help in the  distribution of four point four million Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets across the state.

Furthermore, the state government has procured Seasonal Malaria Chemo Prevention (SMC) for administration on over two million under five children in a bid to preventing them from contracting Malaria parasites.

The campaign exercise is a collaborative efforts between the  Bauchi state government state  and development partners including U.S President's Malaria Initiative, National Malaria Elimination Programme, Against Maleria Foundation as well as Break Through Action Nigeria (BA-N).

The Bauchi State Government has paid it's counterpart fund to access over Seven Billion Naira intervention programme.

The exercise which is commencing from the 21th to 30th of this month would be  implemented across the twenty Local Government Areas of the State in batches. 

At the Flagg off of the exercise in Bauchi, Governor Bala Mohammed said the his administration is working to increase access to the treated mosquito nets towards reducing the menace of Malaria  to protect  the citizens of Bauchi state.

According to the Governor, his administration is also determined to complement the efforts of the development partners in the fight against Malaria through increasing budgetary allocation in the health  sector from thirteen to seventeen percent.

Speaking on behalf of the donor agencies, Representative the Nigeria Mission Director, USAID Kola Saniyi who expressed satisfaction with commitment of the state government described the effects of Malaria on the lives of people as devastating. 

He emphasized the need for the households to take advantage of the exercise to enhance their health status adding that the donor agencies are 

committed to introduce more intervention programmes in the state.

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