Benin plans to acquire 500,000 long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets to step up the fight against malaria with the support of the Global Fund, official release said Wednesday here in Cotonou.

Intended to be part of the National program for the fight against malaria (PNLP), the expected 500,000 nets will cost about 1.572 million U.S. dollars, the council of ministers said.

Based on a recent study, PNLP concluded: “the use of long-lasting impregnated mosquito nets is proving the only effective remedy to fight against malaria as the leading cause of death in Benin.”

According to official figures, deaths due to malaria account for 13.9 percent in the overall population and for 22.6 percent among children under five years of age in the West African country. Enditem

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