Akpan Etukudoh Asare
Cross River State Government in conjunction with the
The United State Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Health Supply Chain Program and breakthrough Action in conjunction with the Cross River State government will distribute no fewer than 2.3 million Long Lasting Imsecticidal mosquito nets for o individuals in the state.
The distribution exercise will be flagged off shortly in the state and will be shared in a ratio of one net to two persons.
The Distribution is part of a coordinated effort supported by USAID and other partners to combat Malaria in Nigeria.
Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu flagged off the State level training of trainers for the campaign implementation at Calabar.
She said that the State is aiming to achieve universal health coverage by 100% record by ensuring that every person benefits from the net.
Edu said “ everyone resident in Cross River State has been hired to collect net and hang them up in their houses. This means there will be no malaria disease again for you and your household! “
According to her 2019 campaign is focused on distributing at least one long lasting insecticidal net to every two persons in the State.
“Today, the implementation process is officially commencing with the training of trainers who will later go into the LGAs to train the field workers and then we will begin the campaign in Ernest; she said.
She also noted that the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong is committed to a smooth implementation of the campaign by ensuring that beneficiaries are made to ultilise the bed nets while warning that the government would not condone diversion of any net. She called on security agencies to support the process.
Among the list of implementation officers trained were LGAs Coordinators for the exercise, LGA Monitors, Campaign Implementation Team Members, Support Staff, Logisticians, Health educators, Roll Back Malaria program officers and PHC Directors, conveyors, etc!