24 December 2012

Liberia: Gov't Intensifies Fight Against Malaria

The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social welfare (MOH) has recommitted itself in the fight against malaria in the country by donating mosquito nets to communities that are most affected.

After a series of assessments throughout the country several communities were selected to receive nets. MOH is now working with Plan Liberia, an international non-governmental institution, and Consortium of National Health NGO's of Liberia (CONHNOL) to help distribute and monitor the nets.

Speaking to this paper in Margibi County, Lassana Bamba from Plan Liberia, who was monitoring the distribution by CONHNOL in that part of the country, said that two districts in the county, Mama Kaba and Kakata are to benefit from the distribution of 37,150 nets.

Mr. Bamba said that not only are the beneficiaries receiving the nets but CONHNOL would hang up the nets in homes to ensure that the nets are used for the intended purpose.

He then stated that all those receiving the nets have been told not to sleep under the net for three days because of the strength of the chemical agent within it.

He said that the nets should be hanged in the shade for three days and that the net should not be washed for six months and should be washed with bathing soap or yellow washing soap.

Maima Kollie from Bassa Community in Kakata, Margibi County said that she lives in a five bedroom house and received three nets to help in the fight against malaria.

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