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Anambra launches Operation Zero Malaria



L-R: Governor Chukwuma Soludo and his wife, Mrs. Nonye Soludo

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THE new malaria prevention campaign introduced in Anambra State under Operation Zero Malaria has been launched.

  Gov. Chukwuma Soludo distributed about 3.8million free insecticide treated mosquito nets to households and other stakeholders to flag off the campaign in Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, yesterday.

  Speaking while handing the kits to beneficiaries, Prof Soludo stated that the new treated mosquito nets are not only long-lasting with over three-year lifespan but have proven a reliable, cost effective means of controlling malaria through a drastic reduction of physical contact between mosquito and humans.

  Explaining the program is also part of government’s malaria vaccination being rolled out to eradicate malaria scourge to zero level in Anambra State, Gov. Soludo reiterated his administration’s clean and green environment policy as part of the exercise, and urged families and households to cue from government by regularly desilting drainages, sewages and water channels which serve as habitat for mosquitoes.

  Mr. Gov’s words: “Our drainages are filled up dirt which serve as readymade or natural habitat for breeding mosquitoes. Desilting of our drainages therefore becomes very important in reducing malaria spread by inhibiting the growth and life cycle of its vectors. I urge the people to participate during the registration and collection of the treated nets and also, we should take responsibility to protect ourselves and families through wearing of face masks and proper washing of hands to always stay safe from COVID infection.”

  Also, calling on community heads to mobilise their people for effective participation in the distribution process of the free anti-malaria kits and other strategies in the program, Gov. Soludo urged families to ensure that nobody is left behind.

  Speaking while being decorated as Net Ambassador in Anambra State, Wife of Governor of Anambra State, Mrs. Nonye Soludo, called on mothers to be in the forefront of the campaign, because it will mainly take door-to-door approach.

  In his own contribution, Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Enahire, while expressing dismay on the downward trend in the use of insecticide treated mosquitoes net urged traditional and religious leaders to assist government in taking the message to every nook and cranny.

  It will be recalled that Anambra’s new campaign against malaria is being carried on in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health and a Malaria Consortium of West Central African Programme.

  The event was attended by Minister for Health, United Nations agencies in Anambra State, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Uche Okafor, Secretary to State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, Head of Service, Theodora Igwegbe, Chief of Staff, Ernest Ezeajughi, among dignitaries.

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