By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHA – Anambra state government has distributed a total of 1.8 million treated mosquito nets to residents in the state in the just concluded Roll back malaria initiative, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Amobi ilika has said.
Speaking to reporters on the programme, the Commissioner said there was about 4,000 net gap problem in the state as a result of under population caused by the inability of the citizens of Anambra to register during the last national population census.
He said the Roll back malaria programme is aimed at reducing the increasing death rate caused by malaria and appealed to the beneficiaries of the treated mosquito nets to make proper use of them to avoid mosquito bites, which causes malaria.
â€œAbout 60% of the population of Nigeria are suffering from malaria. Malaria now kills more than HIV/ AIDS. Most people with mental problems today are caused by malaria. And it is malaria that causes convulsion and anaemiaâ€, he said.
Ilika said that the worrisome aspect was that manufacturers and dealers of fake drugs have not allowed for the effective control of malaria, adding that the Ministry of Health had started dealing with the issue to make sure that only genuine drugs are sold in the drug market.
â€œThe Pharmacy Division of the Health Ministry is going round, dialoguing with drug dealers. When we get any defaulter, we will not hesitate to hand him over to NAFDACâ€, he said.