BAYELSA State government has started the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets (LLIN) to residents and communities as part of measures to prevent malaria.
The distribution was tagged ‘Hang up, Use it’ campaign 2020 and it began on Monday at the Women Affairs Clinic in Yenagoa.
Dr Pabara Igwele, Commissioner for Health said that workers of the Ministry of Health, who had ungergo trainning, would share nets and educate families on its proper use as it was discovered that rural dwellers often turn the nets into fishing nets.
Igwele said: “We just began the ‘Hang Up, Use it’ campaign for insecticide-treated nets. We have trained some of our workers who will go into the hinterlands to distribute these nets and teach them how to use it.
“This is because we want the people to use the nets for what it is meant for as we learnt that some people turn it to fishing net while others just dispose it.
“Government has bought over 100,000 nets to be given free. The people should use it well and thank Governor Douye Diri for his efforts towards reducing malaria.”