The National Malaria Elimination, Programme (NMEP) with the support of United States President’s Malaria Initiative has committed N4.1bn (four point one billion Naira) to the role back malaria programme in Benue State.
Programme Manager of NMEP, Mr. Timothy Obot made this known when he led a delegation to pay an advocacy visit to Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom at Government House, Makurdi.
Mr. Obot said out of the figure, N2.5bn would be used for the distribution of over three million Long Lasting Insecticide Nets with the rest used for other malaria prevention activities.
Mr. Obot also enjoined the Government to mobilise communities and create the needed awareness to ensure that the people do not only collect the nets but sleep in them to reduce malaria prevalence in the state.
Governor Samuel Ortom who noted that malaria kills more than any other diseases pledged the support of the state Government for the programme to succeed in reducing the prevalence rate to the lowest level.
Governor Ortom directed the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo to ensure that adequate awareness campaign is carried out in the media for the programme and vehicles provided for effective monitoring.