BENIN CITY – Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, his wife Maryann in company of the state Net Ambassador and wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, yesterday went round parts of Benin City in continuation of the monitoring of the Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) distribution to ensure the success of the rollback malaria project in the state.
Addressing the crowd of people waiting to receive nets at Osemwende Street, off 2nd East Circular Road, one of the distribution centres in Benin City, Comrade Shaibu restated government’s commitment to the rollback malaria project, adding that his committee’s task to achieve 100 percent coverage of all Edo communities would be pursued vigorously.
“Government wants Edo people to live a healthy life hence we are committed to this project to ensure that every household gets the net to repel mosquitoes which cause malaria. The only way you can appreciate government efforts is to have and use the freely distributed nets,” he said.
Meanwhile, Edo women have been urged to ensure their families sleep inside the insecticidal nets currently being distributed across all communities in the state.
The net Ambassador in the state and wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki gave the charge when she monitored the net distribution exercise at Osemwende off 2nd East Circular Road, Benin city.
Sensitizing the women before participating in the distribution process, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki described women as the care givers of the home and tasked them to rise to their responsibility to protect their families from malaria.
She urged them to tell their colleagues and neighbours who are yet to collect the net to do so as the nets are given out free of charge, saying there are enough nets to go round all households in the state.
Mrs. Obaseki however educated the women on how to use the nets, adding that they should be tucked under the bed to prevent any entry for mosquitoes.
While also urging them to properly handle it and desist from selling them, she said they are already treated not just to prevent mosquitoes from entry, but to kill them.
Some of the beneficiaries having collected the nets, praised the state government for the distribution and promised to use them accordingly.