The Sokoto State Government, on Tuesday commenced the distribution of 2.5 million treated mosquito nets to households across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Dr Halliru Alhassan, the State Director, Medical Services and Public Health, disclosed this in Sokoto during a news conference.
Alhassan said the nets obtained under the National Malaria Elimination Programme, would be distributed at 854,000 designated centres in the state between Dec. 17 and Dec. 21.
“Net cards that entitle a household to collect at least four nets had been distributed across the state.
“Efforts were made to cover difficult areas and Fulani settlements to ensure that eligible households collect the nets,” he said.
The director said measures had been taken to prevent the nets from being sold by either the officials or the beneficiaries.
According to him, security agencies have been directed to arrest anyone one found sabotaging the effort.
In his comment, the Programme Manager, State Malaria Control Programme, Alhaji Aminu Umar, disclosed that the nets were provided under a tripartite arrangement involving Federal and State Governments and some donor agencies.
Umar said a two-day mop-up exercise would be conducted between Dec. 22 and Dec.23 to cover households missed during the exercise.