ABUJA – Dr Nnenna Ezeigwe, the National Coordinator, Malaria Elimination Programme, on Thursday said weak support from state governments has been a major challenge facing the replacement campaigns for the Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs).
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Ezeigwe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that interference by some states in the selection of campaign personnel was also affecting the quality of trained personnel.
She added that delays in the arrival of campaign materials and insecurity in some parts of the country also affects the campaigns.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
However, the coordinator said despite the challenges Nigeria was winning the fight against Malaria.
She said 31,878,911 nets or 92 per cent of the target set for the exercise had been distributed under the LLINs the replacement campaigns.
According to her, the LLINs replacement campaigns that commenced in the last quarter of 2013, is aimed at delivering over 47 million LLINs to Nigerians in 17 states.
“The replacement for the households where existing nets had reached their normal end of life; having being in use for three years or more,’’ she said.
She added that state that recorded less than 75 per cent coverage during the mass campaigns between 2009 and 2013 was another criteria for prioritising states for the replacement campaigns.
Ezeigwu said: “Despite the challenges, the implementation of the LLINs replacement in the states is successful.
“The total number of states where replacement campaigns have been completed is 13 out of the targeted 17.
“It is envisaged that for future campaigns, early planning, procurement and delivery of the LLINs to states and LGAs up to the distribution points should be refocused.’’
She said evidence had shown that when used correctly and consistently, LLIN is effective in preventing malaria.
“If over 80 per cent of the population uses the net, it helps us to interrupt malaria transmission in the country. You can still have mosquito and have a malaria free nation,’’ she said.
Ezeigwe said despite challenges they are winning the war on malaria as shown in surveys.
NAN also reports that 70 million LLINs have been distributed to interrupt malaria transmission in the country from the inception of the programme in 2009. (NAN)