The Ogun State Government, on Friday disclosed that, it has concluded plans to begin the distribution of 3.7 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) to every household to fight the spread of malaria in the Stare.
The commissioner of Health, Dr. Tomi Coker disclosed this at a press conference, organised in commemoration of the 2021 World Malaria Day in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Coker who spoke through the Permanent Secretary in the Minstry, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, said the distribution of the nets would be flagged off by Governor Dapo Abiodun, adding that, household members are expected to collect their nets and use them correctly by sleeping inside them every night.
According to her, 255,872 people tested positive for malaria out of which three percent fatality rate was recorded.
She added that 99.5 percent of those that tested positive for malaria were treated free of with Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACTs).
The commissioner listed local government areas with the highest reported cases of malaria to include: Abeokuta South, Ado-Odo Ota and Ijebu North, adding that the state has 15 percent prevalence of malaria.
Coker disclosed that, the state has monthly testing of 73 to 80 percent at the different Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs).
Her words, “In 2020, out of the 311,668 fever cases tested, 255,872 were positive for malaria and 99.5 percent of those positive were treated free with ACTs.
“Although, it is preventable, treatable and curable, the Africa region still bears 90 percent of the global malaria burden and 91 percent of malaria deaths worldwide.
“Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa accounts for about 27 percent of this burden and 24 percent of malaria deaths globally.
“In Nigeria, malaria is responsible for approximately 60 percent of out-patient visits and 30 percent of hospital admission. It contributes up 11 percent of maternal mortality, 25 percent of infant mortality and 30 percent of under five mortality. It is estimated that about 110 million cases are clinically diagnosed annually”.