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Idemili South flags off distribution of ITNS, unveils Iyiegbu as Net Advocate

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IDEMILI South Local Government Area (ISLGA) has flagged off mass distribution of Insecticidal Treated Nets(ITNS) to every household for prevention for malaria.   

Malaria Consortium, in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Anambra State also unveiled the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) aspirant for House of Representatives,  Ikenna Iyiegbu as the Net Advocate for Idemili South.

  In her address at Oba Civic Centre, Idemili South Transition Chairman,  Amaka Obi,who noted that the flag off occasion was her first official program, eulogised the solution oriented Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State and all malaria elimination partners for sponsoring free distribution of ITNS.

  Mrs Obi after thanking the Net Advocate, Iyiegbu, appreciated the Local Government  Health Authority, Malaria Focal Person and health workers, encouraging them to distribute the nets with humility and dedication for the betterment of humanity andthe LGA.

Iyiegbu, who was unveiled as Idemili South LGA Net Advocate thanked the Ministry of Health, Malaria Consortium, National Malaria Elimination Program, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and other malaria partners for choosing him.

  “Malaria is the highest cause of hospital attendance, responsible for most absenteeism from work, school, farm and markets. Sleeping inside ITNS every night is a sure way of protecting our families from the mosquitoes that spread malaria.

  “I am a willing advocate for this crusade. As ISLGA Net Advocate, I promise to use different channels and resources to disseminate messages on the proper use of ITNS by families every night.

  In his remarks, the Regent of Oba, Prince Noel Ezenwa, also commended Anambra State Government, Give Well partners and Malaria Consortium for sponsoring the free distribution of ITNS to every household in Idemili South LGA.

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  Prince Ezenwa stressed that mosquito bites and malaria which have been taken for granted by Africans still remain one of the major killer diseases.

  Ezenwa also thanked the (APGA) aspirant for House of Representatives, Idemili North & South Constituency and ISLGA Net Advocate, Ikenna Iyiegbu for sponsoring the net distribution flag off occasion.

 Head of Department, ISLGA Health Authority, Mrs Grace Umegbolu said that various trainings had been going on to ensure efficient distribution of ITNS to every household for effective malaria prevention.

   “The net is two persons to one net, house to house and not more than four nets per household”, said Umegbolu.

  However, ISLGA Malaria Focal Person, Mrs Loretta Olisa educated the people on how to use ITNS. “Firstly, air your new net for at least 24hours under a shed before use/sleeping inside. Hang your net over your sleeping area”.

  “Sleep inside the nets every night with the edges well tucked in. Roll up the net when you wake up. Wash your net with mild soap when dirty and dry under a shed. Mend your net with needle and thread when torn,”she said.

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