By: Muktar Yahaya Shehu
The wife of Kano state governor professor Hafsat Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has called on households in Kano State to ensure that they are sleeping under the Insecticidal Treated Nets (ITNs) in order to protect themselves from the bites of mosquitoes.
Prof Ganduje made the call during her investiture as the 2022 Net Ambassador of the state.
She noted with dismay the fact that malaria is the most common public health problem in Nigeria that affects almost all Nigerians especially children under five years of age and pregnant women, therefore it should be taken seriously.
According to her, Kano state government and partners have played their part by providing mosquito nets free of charge, adding that “I am calling on you to play your part by collecting your nets, hang and sleep inside every night to have a malaria free Kano State”.
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In a statement signed by public relations officer, Kano state hospital management board Ibrahim Abdullahi quoted the First Lady as appreciating the Federal Ministry of Health through the National Malaria Elimination Programme, Kano State Ministry of Health and Roll Back Malaria Partners for choosing her as the Net Ambassador for Kano State.
“As the Net Ambassador, I promise to use different channels and resources to disseminate messages on the use of the ITNs to ensure that families protect themselves from mosquito bite by sleeping inside their nets every night”, said Prof. Hafsat.
She also pledged that she will mobilise all Net Advocates of the local government areas who will, in turn, mobilise people at the grassroots so that the percentage of net utilisation in Kano State comes highest in the country.
She further vowed to work with other stakeholders to ensure that children no longer die of malaria and no pregnant woman has miscarriage or give birth to low-weight child due to malaria and generally reduce the burden of malaria in Kano State.
Earlier, the Kano State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, stated that the First Lady was chosen to be the Net Ambassador due to her significant commitment in safeguarding the welfare of Kano citizens particularly in the area of eradicating malaria as demonstrated in 2019 when she served in the same capacity.
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He appreciated the First Lady for accepting to serve as this year’s Net Ambassador, assuring that preparations have reached advanced stage as completion of the micro-planning exercise, selection and training of more than 15,000 ad hoc personnel for the campaign which targeted to distribute more than eight million ITNs across the state.
In his goodwill message at the event which took place at Kano state government house, the representative of the Implementing Partners, John Ocholi of the Society for Family Health (SFH), said that the nets they are going to distribute will go every household in Kano State, appreciating the fact that having Prof. Hafsat Ganduje as the Net Ambassador they have confidence that the programme will succeed in Kano State.
He went further to aver that because of the population size of Kano, they going to distribute 8.8 million ITNs across the 44 local governments of Kano more than any other state of the country.
While giving update on 2022 ITN Campaign, the Campaign Manager, Dr. Abdullahi Isa Kauranmata, explained that Nigeria accounts for nearly one third of all the global malaria cases and nearly one quarter of global malaria deaths, explaining further that more that 80% of the population are at risk of malaria in Kano responsible for more than 60% of outpatient visits and end up to 30% of hospital admission among children aged less than five years.
He assured that the use of mosquito nets has been proven to be one of the most effective public health interventions for malaria prevention.
The occasion was graced by all heads of health agencies of the State and other stakeholders of malaria eradication from within and outside the state.