Kicking off the Delivery of Two Million Bed Nets to Reduce Malaria in Nigeria

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February 16, 2022
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His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State in Nigeria, officially began the distribution of over 2 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) donated to the State by the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). He noted that all beneficiaries can collect their nets at one of the 866 distribution points across all the 13 Local Government Areas of the State and to play their role to care for themselves and their communities by sleeping inside the insecticide-treated nets. In addition, he thanked PMI for their ongoing partnership to bring down malaria mortality to zero in the State.

The First Lady and Net Ambassador of Nasarawa state, Her Excellency Hajiya Salifat A. Sule, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe, and His Wife, representative of the Minister for Health and the National Coordinator National Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr. Perpetua E. Uhomoibhi, the Emir of Shabu, His Royal Highness Mahmud Bwalla, the Honourable Commissioner for Health Nasarawa, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya, and other high-level government officials in the State all attended the kick-off ceremony for the distribution of the LLINs.

Highlights from the event were the demonstration by the States' Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr. Janet Angbazo, on how to hang the net, care for, and sleep inside the insecticide-treated net, and the handover of the 2 million insecticide-treated nets to the Governor by PMI's representative, Mrs. Anne Ikwang, the Director of the Malaria Program, for the Global Health Supply Chain Program- Procurement and Supply Management project.