As part of effort to tackle malaria scourge in Gombe state, over 2.3 Million Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) are to be distributed to residents of the state.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony in Gombe, the state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says malaria has continued to be a public health challenge across the world but most significantly in sub-Saharan Africa.
The governor who also noted that Malaria still poses a great threat to the health and socio-economic wellbeing of the people, however, expressed delight at reports indicating a decline in the number of deaths associated with the disease.
“I wish to reiterate that the cardinal objective of this administration is to safeguard the lives and property of every individual through prevention and improvement in health service in the state.”
The government has approved the use of over 580 health facilities, deployed over 2000 health workers and provided all the requisite financial and operational support to ensure the successful implementation of the malaria intervention campaign.
Yahaya also appealed to philanthropists and corporate organisations to complement government efforts in Malaria supporting interventions like donating long-lasting insecticide-treated nets and sulphur doxine pherimetmine, S.P for intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, chemicals indoor malaria spray and drugs.