The Bauchi government has set up a committee to distribute 4.4 million Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) worth N7.2 million to residents across the 20 local government areas of the state.
Samaila Dahuwa, the Commissioner for Health, disclosed this while inaugurating members of the State Working Committee on the ITNs Distribution exercise, on Friday in Bauchi.
Mr Dahuwa, represented by Aliyu Babayo, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the ITNs were procured with support of the Global Health Supply Chain, a U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
Asides distribution, “The committee is also expected to track performance, timely delivery and distribution of ITNs at the LGAs and ward levels and ensure training of all personnel in workstreams.
“Others are to resolve identified bottlenecks, conduct state level advocacy, facilitate review exercise and lessons learn to send to national and supervise implementation.
“Also, the committee will assess budget implementation, tracking expenses and resource mobilisation,” he said.
Also speaking, Sani Mohammed, Chairman, Bauchi State Agency for Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria, said the nets would be distributed to deserving households.
He said the 2022 mosquito nets distribution exercise was the fourth of its kind and targeted more beneficiaries in the state.
For his part, Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, urged for the expansion of the exercise to include inmates of custodial facilities and orphanage homes.