The plateau state government is set to start the distribution of over 2.5million long lasting insecticidal nets to protect its citizens from malaria.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong stated this at the Flag off distribution of the nets in Jos.
The state government which is Aa in collaboration with the federal ministry of health, the US President’s malaria initiative and other partners are to offer free malaria services in about 255 health facilities across the 17 local government areas of the state.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden noted that the Flag off of the nets distribution also marks the celebration of the decline of malaria due to the successful implementation of the net campaign and utilization in the state.
He warned the beneficiaries not to sell the free nets as anyone caught would be punished.
Also speaking, was the mission Director USAID/Nigeria Mr Stephen Haykin represented by USAID/Nigeria regional legal officer, Jonathan Cone, said USAID Nigeria and other partners have supported Plateau state with life saving malaria commodities such as drugs for preventing malaria in pregnant women and children, rapid diagnostic test kits amongst others.
Earlier, the plateau state commissioner for Health, Dr.Nimkong Ndam, mentioned that despite the achievement of the ministry, they were faced with challenges which has affected their capacity to achieve their targets, such as yellow fever, lassa fever and cholera.
Highlights of the occasion was the investiture of the wife of the governor, Regina Lalong as net ambassador and the symbolic presentation of nets by the deputy governor.
DORCAS GWANI /JOS