A campaign to provide free insecticide sterilize treated mosquito nets has been launched by the Montserrado County Health Team.
It was organized and monitored under the Ministry of Health in collaboration with STARKS Foundation and National Malaria Control Program (NMCP).
The mosquito nets campaign in Paynesville-Montserrado County on Thursday, June 17, 2021, is in connection with the recent launched of the nationwide mosquito net distribution.
Giving an overview of the distribution of the nets, Montserrado County Health Team Focal Person, Madam Tarlor Flomo said, malaria is a pandemic in Liberia and the entire population of more than 4.2 million people life is at risk to the disease.
She noted that government through its partners has deem it necessary to distribute treated mosquito nets throughout the country free of charge to every household.
She alarmed that the prevention of malaria is very key in the reduction of malaria in the country and added that, Liberia has been highlighted by MOH and partners for every one to sleep under treated mosquito nets.
Madam Flomo recorded that a campaign was launched in 2015 to reduce the cases of malaria by distributing treated nets every three years, pointing out that it was done in 2015, 2018, and now 2021.
The Health expert said, children under the age of 5 years and pregnant women are the most affected and vulnerable group in the country.
The Montserrado County Health Team Malaria Focal Person added that Hospitals’ records have proven that about 28% of people visiting the Out Patient Department (OPD) are affected by malaria and the number one cause of inpatient death.
The records also suggested that at least 42.3% death of all ages is caused by malaria while children death constitute 42.6% and 42.2% amongst pregnant women.
Madam Tarlor continued that research from hospitals showed that, child mortality is the worst in the world and that 2,035 per thousand an estimated 65,146 children die each year from malaria and maternal mortality in Liberia is extremely high up to 1,072 per thousand putting more than 80,000 pregnant women at risk which make malaria one of the leading causes of sickness in Liberia especially Montserrado County.
Acting as an official launcher on behalf of Montserrado County Superintendent, Carysburg District Head Officer, David S. George said, the distribution of the treated nets is in the right direction to save lives in the country.
He noted that the treated mosquito nets will help prevent many malaria cases as he lauded partners for their continued support.
Meanwhile, representatives from STARKS Foundation, CHO Montserrado, NMCP, STAIP, UNICEF, and WHO all pledge their support to the free mass net distribution which is aimed at reducing malaria infection rates in the country .
Of a total number of 2.7 million treated mosquito nets in the country, 1.4 million nets will be distributed in Montserrado due to the population of the county, and the distribution of the nets starts today, June 17th, 2021 in Paynesville, Montserrado County according to organizers.