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Nigeria Losing N132 Billion yearly for prevention, treatment of malaria - Masari

Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari said Nigeria is

losing N132 billion annually for treatment and prevention of Malaria

fever.

Masari spoke at the flag off distribution of long lasting insecticide

treated net in Daura Local Government Area.

He said Malaria is responsible for 60 percent outpatient visit

to health facilities, 30 percent childhood death, 25 percent death in

Children under five years and eleven percent of maternal death.

Masari explained further that Malaria remains the leading cause of

death in Nigeria with approximately 192; 284 deaths recorded in 2016.

He said in view of economic and health burden of Malaria, efforts were

put in place to control and ultimately eradicate the

disease.

The Governor said these efforts led to deployment of various

Interventions, including the use of long lasting Insecticide Net (LLN).

“The goal of this campaign is to contribute towards reducing malaria

burden to pre-elimination levels and to bring malaria-related

mortality to zero”, he added.

He said the target beneficiaries for the campaign are pregnant women

and children under the age of five.

Masari called on the people of the state to make good use of the nets

and commended various NGO’s for supporting the campaign against Malaria.

Meanwhile, about 8.5 million people in Katsina are to receive Long

Lasting Insecticide Treated nets in an effort to reduce burden of

malaria disease in the state.

Our correspondent reports that Katsina experiences yearly outbreak of

malaria, the state was recently hit by the disease with a record of

15 deaths from Charanchi Local Government.

The distribution of the nets had already commenced in 1,118 centres

across 34 local government areas in collaboration with community and

religious leaders as well as local government officials.

It was also learnt security agents were involved to ensure that no

nets were diverted during the distribution exercise.

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