By our correspondent in Taraba
Thursday, July 11,2019
Facts have emerged on why for the first time since the creation of Taraba state in 1991 the people came out in their large numbers to participate fully in the just concluded house to house mobilization exercise organized by the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
The exercise which was geared toward ensuring that every households in the state irrespective of their area of domiciles ,uses treated mosquito nets as a form of prevention for malaria, as observed by Naija 247News, witnessed massive turnout from the sixteen local government councils of the state.
Reasons for the huge success of the exercise according to our findings , was attached to the apron string of the untold hardship malarias have in the past heralded on the faces of persons residing in both the urban and rural areas.
Some traditional rulers and their subjects across the state who are now eagerly waiting for the commencement of the distribution of the free treated mosquito nets to all the households captured during the mobilization exercise agreed that this is the first time in the history of the state that the people came out en-mass to be registered in order to access the free treated mosquito nets that would be distributed to no fewer than 2,038, 857 households across the state.
Elated by the actions of the mobilizers, a community leader who gave his name as Umar Dahiru, said the decision of “those behind the exercise would go a long way to ensure transparence in the distribution of the mosquito nets which we learnt are not only free, but have as well been treated .”
He urged households captured to endeavour to make themselves available to collect the nets as soon as the distribution commenced .
Also speaking with our correspondent, a thirty five years old woman who have her name as Hassana , said the decision of the people of her communication to made themselves available for the mobilizers ” is to reduced the negative effects of malarias in our community “
Taking our correspondent down the memory lane on how malarias have in the past compelled some members of the community to the graveyards, the need for “us to stamp out such sickness by making sure we sleep in the nets” as opined by her “have become necessary for our wellbeing.”
Citing how she lose her two children to malarias, which she believed was necessitated by lack of awareness , she said “had it been I was equipped with the knowledgeably on how to safeguard my household from mosquito bites then, the reverse would have been the case now.”
She admonished her fellow women who have been captured, to collect the treated mosquito net “as soon as the distribution begins” stressing that ” the nets are not designed to decorate the bedrooms but for effect use to prevent mosquito bites. “
Hassana who now believed that malaria can be prevented by sleeping in ” the treated nets that would be given to us free” she reiterated her determination to mobilize all the captured households in her community for the collection of the treated mosquito nets immediately the distribution exercise kick off.
Some of the mobilizers who spoke to our correspondent, said the success of the exercise was made possible by the people whom according to them, decided to abandoned scheduled and stayed back at homes to be captured .
The various trainings which includes training of local government coordinators, training of local government team members, among others, as gathered by our state correspondent, also contributed immensely to the success of the exercise in the state.