HEALTH

Celebration in Edo state as 2.6m people to get free mosquito nets

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has assured the Catholic Relief Services of Nigeria (CRSN) of a hitch-free exercise during the upcoming National Elimination Programme (NEP) where about 2.6 million people in Edo State will benefit in the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal nets (LLI).

He gave the assurance yesterday when he received a delegation of the CRSN, led by the country representative, Rebecca Bassey, in Benin City.

Obaseki lauded the CRSN for the initiative, adding that Edo State government would assist in the area of publicity, security and other logistics.

He said the programme was timely, stressing that the people to be engaged in the state’s agribusiness initiative would enjoy a mosquito-free environment when the exercise fully commenced.

He added that a committee, which would work with the CRSN team, had been set up under the leadership of the Deputy Governor Comrade Philip Shaibu stressing that other members of the government’s committee include the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Akerele, Permanent Secretary of Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ugbodaga and the governor’s Chief Security Officer.

Responding, the country representative and leader of the team, Rebecca Bassey disclosed that six states would benefit from the global fund worth N2 billion.

She urged the state government to participate in the NEP exercise as well as to attend the flag off ceremony, just as she also sought the state government’s assistance in the provision of warehouse to keep the LLl bed nets when they finally arrived in the state.

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