The Director, Case Management and Drug Policy, National Malaria Control Programme, Dr Godwin Ntadom, says the constant use of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets can prevent malaria.
Ntadom said in Abuja on Tuesday that a clean environment could go a long way in preventing the growth of mosquitoes.
“When you talk about prevention, the country has some recommendations that are being promoted; primarily, it?s the use of long lasting insecticidal nets; in fact, everybody is encouraged to sleep in the Long Lasting Insecticide Nets; cover yourself every night; you must use it religiously; that means, every night; then for children, it?s the same thing.
“Another very important thing is that your environment is important – manage the environment in such a way that the malaria vector, which is the mosquito, does not breed; it?s not enough to keep your environment clean, because if your environment is clean and you have open drainages, the mosquitoes will still go there to lay their eggs. ? he said
According to him, the policy on malaria is hinged on controlling the anopheles mosquito, which carries the malaria-causing parasite plasmodium, using insecticide-treated nets.
Ntadom said that the recent data shows that about 24 per cent of all deaths in children were due to malaria, stressing that this could be reduced to its barest minimum.
Speaking on malaria in pregnancy, Ntadom said that it could lead to a woman giving birth to underweight babies with severe complications. In some cases, according to him, the babies and their mothers may not be lucky and could die from such mosquito bites.
?By the time the baby is delivered, he will be small, with low birth weight, and sometimes the baby may not even be that lucky and dies from malaria.??
Ntadom said that efforts were ongoing to expand the outdoor residual spraying in the states as part of measures aimed at eradicating malaria.
He said that not less than 50 million insecticide treated nets were distributed to states in 2011 and 2012 and that more would be given out in 2013.