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As maternal and child health week observed…

3.5m mosquito nets to be distributed

By Hawa Amara

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation has disclosed to pressmen that they would start distributing approximately 3.5 million mosquito nets to households across the country.

This was disclosed yesterday at a press conference at the ministry’s headquarters at Youyi Building in Freetown.

Speaking at the conference, Dr. Satie Kenneh, who is the Programme Manager for Child Health, disclosed that maternal and child health week is observed every year between May and October, but the ministry has decided to hold this year’s event in June for this year.

He said the week is usually observed by the ministry to address child health and maternal issues so as to save the lives of children and their mothers.

He disclosed that the week would commence from 5th June and end on 11th June.

He said vitamin A supplement would be given to all children from ages 6 months to 59 months (five years) twice a year, so as to treat and prevent vitamin A deficiency.

Dr. Kenneh added that Albendazole would be  given to children from 12-59 months to treat and prevent worms.

He informed the public that Insecticide Treated Nets would be given to every household for the treatment of malaria in Sierra Leone.

“Sleeping under a treated bed net every night would prevent mosquito bites and during the Maternal Child Health Week every household will receive at least one treated bed net to prevent malaria,” he said.

In his presentation, Dr. S.J. Smith stated that different colour vouchers would be distributed to the fourteen districts across the country.

He said people should bring along their voucher to the distribution centre to collect the insecticide nets.

He admonished that the net should be used for it intended purpose as lots of money have been spent to procure them for the country.