Anambra State Ministry of Health through the `Saving One Million Lives Programme For Results’ (SOML PFR) will commence distribution of 49,000 Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) to the state private schools.
Dr Vincent Okpala, Anambra State Commissioner for Health, said this while addressing Health Information Correspondents in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
He explained that the `School Based LLIN’ distribution was chosen as a realistic approach to achieve not only ownership but usage of nets.
“Children under the ages of five are vulnerable to malarial due to their immature immune system.
“This programme is designed as a practical strategy to achieve reductions in maternal, prenatal and Under-5 child mortality in the state,’’ he added.
Dr Okpala noted that vitamin A supplement would help to protect a child’s health by supporting a healthy immune system when administered to the children.
He, then, explained that “vitamin A reduces cases of diarrhea and measles; protects their sight and also helps to improve children’s development’’.
The exercise would be officially flagged off on July 25, at the Diamond Nursery and Primary School, Aguleri by the health commissioner.