Kano blames outbreak of malaria on residents’ refusal to use mosquito nets

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The Kano State government has attributed the fresh outbreak of malaria in the state to the refusal of over 60 per cent of its residents to use
mosquitoes nets distributed to them freely by the government.

The state Commissioner for Health, Kabir Gesto, disclosed this in Kano on Sunday.

There was outbreak of malaria in the state about two weeks ago with over a hundred people currently receiving treatment in the hospitals while others resorted to traditional treatment.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the state-owned general hospitals, many patients were seen receiving treatments for disease.

Mr. Gesto said over three million people were treated of malaria in the country in 2015 alone. He said the new cases in Kano were as a result of the refusal of the residents to use mosquito nets as well as dirty environments.

He said the government had procured drugs and diagnostic equipment worth N59 million to combat the scourge.

He said the drugs and equipment had already been distributed to 38 hospitals in the state while over six million insecticide-treated mosquito nets were distributed to sufferers of the disease.

Mr. Gesto said the government also procured 20 microscopes to diagnose the disease fast before medication.

The commissioner however lamented that only 40 per cent of the people make use of items distributed to them.

He disclosed that not less than 200 health workers have so far
been employed and deployed to the various hospitals in the state as a way of containing the spread of disease.

He said the government had also embarked on the training of personnel as intervention measure even though the state was enjoying the technical support from foreign donors.

Mr. Gesto disclosed that the state government also embarked on an aggressive reach-out scheme and enlightenment campaign to sensitize the public of keeping their environment clean in order to get rid of mosquitoes around their homes.

He also said the government procured tricycle ambulances for conveying pregnant women from their rural communities to primary healthcare centres.

The commissioner also said the government will within the next two weeks commence the second phase of polio vaccination in the state.


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