JIJIGA, ETHIOPIA, April 26 (BERNAMA-NNN-ENA) – Ethiopia plans to distribute 39 million mosquito nets to malaria prone regions of the country over the next five years, says Ministry of Health Public Relations Director Ahmed Imano.
The nets would be distributed among the public in the affected regions in a bid to protect the public from malaria, Ahmed said in connection with celebrations to mark World Malaria Day in Jijjiga town in Somali State Monday.
He said over the last few years the government had managed to distribute over 20 million mosquito nets among the public, greatly helping to bring about a decline in malaria cases.
In addition, the improvement in health service coverage in malaria prone areas, which had now reached 78 per cent, had also contributed to the decline in the number of cases of malaria, Ahmed added.
More than 5,000 people attended the event held at Jijiga Stadium organized by the ministry, in collaboration with the Somali State Health Bureau. World Malaria Day in Ethiopia will be marked in Benishangul Gumuz regional state next year.