By: Mazi Ejimofor Opara
The Anambra State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Open Philanthropic Funding through the Malaria Consortium, is working to bridge a secondary gap in the efforts of the Soludo administration to checkmate cases of malaria in Anambra households.
Yesterday, Governor Soludo, in the company of his wife, Dr. Nonye Soludo, flagged-off the free distribution of 3.8million Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) to individuals and households in the State in the fight against malaria which has perennially remained the number one public health problem in Nigeria, causing deaths in under-fives, infants and pregnant women.
Over the years, most households have either jettisoned the use of the ITN or improperly deployed it in ways that is not fit for purpose. It is for this reason that Dr Nonye Soludo was invested as the Net Ambassador of the State — a position of advocacy for the use and proper deployment of ITN in the fight against the Malaria scourge.
The fight against malaria is a collective responsibility that requires multi-level and multi-sectoral collaboration. Interestingly, the Anambra State Government is leading the charge in this regard, and would continue to support all effort to make Anambra communities malaria-free.
August 2nd to 8th, 2022 has been slated for the commencement of distribution of the ITNs across the 21 LGAs.