BENIN CITY – Even as yesterday marked the official end of the distribution exercise of free Long Lasting Insecticide Nets across Edo State, Benin residents have applauded the Catholic Relief Services,(CRS) and Federal and State Governments for the Free nets.
In what seems to be a last minute move at the various Distribution Points(DPs) monitored by our reporter, residents were observed taking turns to receive their nets from officials manning the DPs.
Speaking with The NIGERIAN OBSERVER after receiving her nets, Mrs. Joy Omagbon, commended CRS, the State and Federal Government for the free insecticide nets.
According to the mother of four, “I really thank those who made this free to all of us, and even the distribution as you can see, is stress free.
“If money was involved, I do not think I can buy one, let alone more than one,” she added.
Also speaking, a nursing mother who gave her name as, Mrs. Tina Gabriel said, she had to rush down to the distribution point close to her, in order not to miss the deadline.
While expressing satisfaction over what she described as proper handling of the distribution process, Mrs. Gabriel said, “I thought it would be difficult for me to get mine, not until I got here to find out that it is easy, even free, they really tried.”
On her part, Mrs. Stella Ebomeh, acknowledged that, though it was free and the process of collection less stressful, some persons still miss sleeping under the mosquito treated nets.
“This was an opportunity for people to get free mosquito treated nets and be protected from malaria; there is enough nets to distribute, but we are few here and distribution ends today”.
However, a supervisor at the Ikhueniro Distribution Point, (DP), Mrs. May Eboigbe, said her DP will extend distribution of the nets by a day, noting, they started behind schedule.
“We got the nets very late on Saturday and work did not commence until Sunday so, we are not stopping today, we will work tomorrow to make up for Sunday that we missed,” Mrs. Eboigbe said
Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, last Friday flagged off the distribution of 2. 6 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets in an event tagged, “Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) Replacement Campaign.”
Governor Obaseki during the Flagg off exercise, called on households to ensure they sleep under the nets to eradicate malaria from the state.