Sunday, April 22, 2018 9:58 am
Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta
Ogun State residents have lauded the state government and a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) with funding from The Global Fund, on their aim of eliminating the scourge of Malaria through the distribution of free Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) across the three Senatorial Districts of the state.
The exercise which is simultaneously taking place across the three (3) Senatorial districts of the state, Ogun East, Ogun West and Ogun Central, has witnessed a large turnout of residents and inhabitants of the state who expressed their delight at the programme, noting that the gesture would save them money in buying the nets as it comes at an appropriate time, during the rainy season.
Mr. Dada Israel a residemt of Oru-Ijebu, and Mrs. Temitope Sotola of Ojowo, Ijebu-Igbo commended the donor, Global Fund and the implementing partner, Catholic Relief Service (CRS) for the initiative noting that the correct use of the free LLINs would help protect them from mosquito bites that spread malaria, thereby reducing the scourge of malaria burden in the state.
They hailed the gesture of the government and CRS for bringing the exercise to their door steps instead of purchasing the net, pledging their unflinching support and cooperation for both the government and implementing partner.
Meanwhile, a Technical Consultant on the project, Mrs. Wasila Kolo has commended the residents of the State for co-operating with household mobilizers noting that their co-operation showed the programme has been well accepted.
Kolo assured that the strategy employed this year which involved the use of android devices for household mobilization and distribution of the free Long-Lasting Insecticidal- nets (LLINs) would ensure that every household gets the right quantity of nets thereby promoting accountability.
The areas visited included; Oke-Ilewo, Olomore, Abule Olomore, Ita-Oshin, Adeun, Rounder in Abeokuta axis while Yewa axis were Sango, Ota, Ilogbo, Owode, Oju-ore, Iju, Atan and Ago-Iwoye, Oru, Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu-Ode, Awa-Oru Ijebu in Ijebu axis of the State respectively. ?
The mobilization exercise holds for nine days, from April 14 to April 22, 2018 while the net distribution is expected to commence from May 1 and end on May 5, 2018.