Edo launches dis­tri­bu­tion of 2.6m mos­quito nets

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

Edo State Gover­nor Godwin Obaseki at the week­end flagged off the dis­tri­bu­tion of 2.6 mil­lion long last­ing in­sec­ti­cide nets with a call on res­i­dents to sleep un­der the nets to erad­i­cate malaria.

The dis­tri­bu­tion was car­ried out by the state gov­ern­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Catholic Re­lief Ser­vice (CRS).

Obaseki who noted that sleep­ing un­der the nets was cheaper than treat­ing malaria, said his ad­min­is­tra­tion had set a 100 per­cent dis­tri­bu­tion tar­get for the in­sec­ti­ci­dal nets as against the cur­rent 86 per cent.

On his part, the Min­is­ter of Health, Pro­fes­sor Isaac Ade­wole who was rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­tor, Pub­lic Health in the min­istry, Dr. Eve­lyn Ngige, said Edo State had been in the fore­front and con­tin­ued to make gi­ant strides in keep­ing up with malaria elim­i­na­tion in­ter­ven­tion.

Also speak­ing, Act­ing Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of CRS in Nige­ria, Dr. Emeka Anoje, said Edo gov­ern­ment was a de­pend­able part­ner in the cam­paign against malaria through the pro­vi­sion of op­er­a­tional funds to sup­port plan­ning and lo­gis­tics.

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