Addressing the participants, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala said the campaign would enable the state consolidate on achievements recorded in the fight against malaria. Paul Ezeoke reports that
the Insecticide Treated bed net distribution campaign which will run between May and July this year is targeting over three point two million beneficiaries across the twenty one Local Government Areas of the state.
Dr Okpala said the training was one of the programmes that would precede the distribution exercise and was powered by the Malaria Consortium which is a team that is supporting net distribution project in Nigeria and is supporting the state in response to efforts of the state government in the fight against malaria.
He explained that training the technical assistants would equip them with necessary knowledge and skills to carry out the work effectively as the micro planning involves understanding details of the campaign and preparing adequately to meet every challenge, adding that they would be deployed to the various local government areas of the state to disseminate what they have learnt and would also conduct impact assessment of the programme which would be done in three phases to evaluate its success.
The Commissioner urged Anambra residents to ensure that the nets are properly and adequately utilised to achieve the set goals.
Also speaking the State Malaria Relation Programme Manager, Mr Nonso Ndibe said the trainees selected from the twenty one Local Government Areas of the state were going to work as the State representatives in reaching out to the target households and ensuring that people are protected against malaria which he noted remains one of the highest killer diseases in Sub- Saharan Africa.
In her reaction, one of the participants, Miss Nneoma Supuruchukwu noted that the programme has been very educative and enlightening as it has exposed them to new knowledge on issues beyond the campaign.