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As part of her commitment to roll back malaria and to attaining of Zero Malaria in the Health Sector, the Akwa Ibom State Government has officially commenced the implementation of 2021 Nets Campaign Coordinating Network (LCCN) for Long Lasting Insecticide Nets replacement.

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof Augustine Vincent Umoh, who performed the inauguration ceremony at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Health, stated that for a successful campaign they should follow the national guidelines as the coordinating body for the 2021 LLINs campaign which is why they are gathering here as stakeholders.

The Commissioner reiterated that, Malaria remains a public health concern both in Nigeria and the African region. And that Nigeria a lone contributed about 25% of malaria cases worldwide, which is the highest among the nineteenth Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Commissioner noted that, with these strategic measures of fighting malaria in the Country, this means it can be eliminated in Nigeria. Which also translate to the elimination of malaria in African Continent.

He said to reduce the burden of malaria in the Country the campaign team should emphasize the need to continue using of the Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) which have been proven to be evidence based Anti-Malaria intervention.

The health boss, applauded the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel for his development agenda on the health sector, he explained that the state in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme of the Federal Ministry of Health, President’s Malaria Initiative along side with other partners have concluded plans to distribute over 3.7 million LLINS. Which would be donated by “Against Malaria Foundation” a non-governmental organisation based in United kingdom to help achieve the Malaria Elimination goal of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He urged the coordinating body to work out modalities to ensure that the project would be carryout successfully. And promised to chair the committee for effective delivery of the project for Akwa Ibom people.

Earlier the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Patrick Essiet in his welcome address averred that the use of LLINs is the standardize method has been adopted globally by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by the Federal Government for intervention process.
He explained that the need for replacement is because the efficacy of the LLINs reduces after 3-5 years.

He advocate for mass campaign to help in ensuring that every households are reach quickly within a short possible time. He however said the activity comes with its challenges of resource mobilization, security, logistics, health promotion and advocacy issues.

He thanked the LCCN for their fundamental role in ensuring that the activity is achieved so as to eradicate malaria in Akwa Ibom State.

Also in attendance were stakeholders from different sectors and NGOs.

Information Unit
Ministry of Health

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