International agencies on health have identified malaria as the single biggest killer of children under five years and a serious threat to pregnant woman and their unborn in sub-saharan Africa.
Against this backdrop however, the Federal ministry of health and its partners in Nigeria are not resting on their oars to contend malaria to the barest minimum.
In this vain, the Nigeria Institute of Management Bayelsa State in conjunction with Ministry of Health Bayelsa on Wednesday, 21st January, 2015 distributed 400 pieces of Long Lasting Insecticidal nets to one hundred level students of Federal University Otuoke.
Demonstrating its usage to students, the chairman, Nigeria Institute of Management, Bayelsa state, Prince John Egbe said the Institute targeted 400 students as beneficiaries in the University to crash malaria increase among students.
Assuring that the insecticidal nets are safe, Prince Egbe advised the users to spread the net for 72 hours devoid of water and sun before use.
The State NIM chairman during a slide presentation on malaria control, said the major cause of the disease in Africa is through the bite from the female amopheles mosquito, he noted that the institute has keyed into Federal government vision 202020 on malaria control.
Commending the efforts of Nigeria Institute of Management for the initiative, the Registrar, FUO, Mr. David Suowari noted that malaria is a killer disease that needs to be contended.
Suowari assured that efforts will be made to ensure that the nets will be evenly distributed among the first year students.
In her remark, the Dean student life, Dr. Mercilena Offoha urged the students to observe the instructions given before use, advising the students to ensure they use the net after collection to achieve the aim of distribution.
A follow up mechanism is to be put in place on use of the insecticidal treated nets as the donors will re-visit the campus after one year to carry out an evaluation