The Akwa Ibom state government will commence the distribution of no fewer than 3. 7 million insecticide treated nets to households across the 31 local government areas between December 17 and December 21, the Commissioner for Health, Professor Augustine Umoh has said.
He stated Wednesday during a press briefing held at the state secretariat, Uyo, that the net distribution was part of efforts by the state government to ensure the eradication of malaria in the state.
Represented by the executive secretary, of the Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Eno Attah, the commissioner said the exercise was organised by the state government through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), the United States Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI-US) and Against Malaria Foundation(AMF).
He said there would be proper documentation of the recipients of the nets as households receiving the nets shall be properly identified and captured.
Also speaking, the president of NMEP, Dr. Perpetua Ehimobi, expressed hope that the spread of malaria would further go down after the exercise.
The president who was represented by Emmanuel Obi noted that Akwa Ibom state has been very resilient and consistent which have contributed to the success of the reduction of malaria in the country.