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Nasarawa Records 228, 886 Malaria Cases In One Year – Commissioner

Posted: Sep 22, 2016 at 11:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Michael David

Lafia – Dr. Daniel Iya, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health on Thursday said that the state has recorded 228,886 cases of malaria within the last 12 months.

Iya made disclosure at a training workshop in Lafia, organised by Nigeria Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA) for faith leaders as part of efforts to combat malaria.

The Commissioner, who was represented by Dr. Liman Mohammed-Usman said that the statistics was generated September 19, 2016 from the District Health Information Services platform.

He said that out the 228, 886 malaria cases diagnosed within the period, 2, 437 were severe and life threatening while 226, 449 were uncomplicated.

The commissioner also said that malaria was responsible for 61 percent of under-five mortality in state within the period.

Dr. Iya attributed the surge in malaria cases in the state to non-usage of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets  (LLINs), which had been proven to be one of the most effective malaria prevention interventions.

Iya said 1.6 million mosquito nets were distributed to households in the state in 2014.

“The 2015 malaria indicator survey shows that 76.4 per cent of households in the state own long lasting insecticidal nets. However, only 44 percent of households use the nets,” Iya said.

Earlier in his address, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, Executive Director of NIFAA, explained that the essence of training is to mobilise faith leaders in the state towards encouraging their congregation to use insecticidal nets already provided by donor agencies.

He said that the 60 participants being trained at the flag-off in Lafia were drawn from Karu, Wamba and Lafia local government areas representing the three senatorial zones in the state.