In continuation of concerted efforts to fast-track the elimination of malaria, the Ogun State Government has inaugurated Insecticide Treated Nets Campaign Coordination Network (ICCN), to facilitate effective distribution and appropriate utilisation of insecticidal treated nets across the State.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who dropped this hint during a chat after the inauguration, noted that malaria remains one of the diseases contributing to mortality rate in Nigeria, saying the interventions of the government and its development partners have brought about a reduction in malaria deaths from 400, 000 in 2010 to about 260, 000 in 2018.
“We have seen a significant reduction of deaths caused as a result of malaria in recent years. Between 2010 and 2018, there was about 33percent reduction in malaria deaths. Also, we had a successful malaria prevention net campaign in 2018, but for low utilisation of the nets, it ought to have been more successful, we hope to correct this shortcoming with the new nets”, she said.
The Commissioner assured that the campaign to commence with the distribution of the nets in July across all the 20 Local Government Areas, would reduce complications and deaths from malaria, saying the State would record better indices with the inauguration of ICCN.
Reacting, one of the members of the newly-inaugurated ICCN, Ms. Mosunmola Feyisetan said the initiative was timely, pledging that members would deliver on their mandates for the State to achieve expected result.
Members of the ICCN comprised top government officials in the health sector, representatives of development partners, line ministries including Education, Environment, Budget and Planning, Information, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Community Development and Cooperatives and other relevant stakeholders.