According to the World Malaria Report 2016 released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria killed 429,000 and infected 212 million people in 2015.

The Nigerian government, through the ministry of health, says it will distribute 14.4 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) to combat malaria in four select states before the end of 2018.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was represented by Prof. Idris Suleiman at the inauguration of the LLINs replacement campaign in Dutse on Saturday, listed the benefitting states as Ogun, Jigawa, Gombe and Katsina.

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He explained that the nets would be distributed with the support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

he said, “It gives me great pleasure to be present at this important ceremony to flag off the replacement campaign for the distribution of LLINs in Jigawa.

“This year alone, approximately 14.4 million LLINs would be distributed in four states with support from GFATM.

“I am glad to inform you that Jigawa state is one of the beneficiaries and a total of 3.7 million nets would be distributed to all communities in the 27 local government areas.’’