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Lagos commences indoor residual spraying twice annually

By Chioma Obinna
With about 400,000 cases of malaria reported in Lagos public health facilities annually, the State government says the  Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) programme would now be repeated every six  months even as each household  will get two Long-Lasting Insecticide Nets, LLIN.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris also said the IRS programme wil be expanded to six more Local Government Areas of the State using better susceptible insecticides, K’Othrine.

According to him, “Malaria is responsible for 30 percent  childhood morbidity; 25 per cent mortality among pregnant women; more than 70 per cent of outpatient attendance in the public health facilities in Lagos State; and 400,000 cases of the illness that are reported annually.”

Speaking on  the theme of  this year’s World Malaria Day – “Counting Malaria Out” and the slogan “Count Me In,” he said “It is apt in view of the collective responsibilities of everyone including governments at all levels, civil society organizations, communities, corporate organizations and even individuals to reduce the scourge of malaria.”

He noted that  government’s renewed commitment to tackle  malaria is manifested in the usage of a multi-prong approach with emphasis on evidence-based research for policy formulations and programming.

Idris noted apart from the all the other control strategies that have been implemented which include; effective case management with ACTs; promotion of utilization of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets and prevention of malaria in pregnancy using Intermittent Preventive Therapy, more emphasis has been placed on environmental management and integrated vector control including operational research for evidence-based programming.


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