-Kwara State government has spent up to N45 million on disease prevention within one year.
-The government will also commence the free distribution of treated mosquito nets for nursing mothers and children under 5 years.
The Kwara State Government has concluded plans to begin the free distribution of 1,997,000 treated mosquito nets for children under five years and pregnant women from Thursday.
According to the state’s Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Atolagbe Alege, while speaking with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in llorin on Wednesday, the distribution is part of the state government’s efforts at eradicating malaria and other communicable diseases.
Alege revealed that the cards for the free distribution of the mosquito nets to all households in the 16 local government areas of the state had earlier been distributed by health workers across the state.
“Between Thursday, Sept.28 and Oct.3, 2017, we shall begin the free distribution of 1,997,000 treated mosquito nets for children under five years and pregnant women to prevent an outbreak of malaria in the state,’’ the commissioner said.
Alege, warned officials in charge of the exercise to be fair and honest in the distribution of the mosquito nets, while he also advised mothers in the state to desist from selling the nets but rather use them for their comfort and that of their children.
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The state government has spent N45 million on preventing an outbreak of communicable diseases in the state in the last one year according to the commissioner.
He said that this was spent to upgrade the public health department, surveillance, ecological services, gathering of information and sensitization programme.
He added that part of it was also spent on monitoring and evaluation of laboratory analysis.
Alege said that the state government was committed to intensifying its efforts at curtailing the outbreak of diseases in all parts of the state.
Residents of the state were also advised to always complement government’s efforts aimed at ensuring their healthy living by maintaining a clean environment every time.