About 1.9 million people in the Volta Region are expected to receive Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs).
The free distribution of the LLINs forms part of efforts to eliminate malaria in the country by ensuring the public sleeps under LLINs.
The exercise which is expected to commence on Monday, October 25, 2021, and end on Sunday, December 5, 2021, will see about 1,083,499 long-lasting insecticides treated bed nets being distributed to about 487,575 households with a population of 1,950,299.
This was announced by the Volta Regional Deputy Director of Health Services (GHS) In-charge of Public Health, Dr. Senanu Djokoto this week; during a regional stakeholder meeting on the 2021 Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) Point Mass Distribution Campaign in the Volta Region.
He explained that the campaign which would be based on the universal coverage approach comprises seven days of registration in October and another seven days of distribution between the last week of November and the first week of December. The period between the two phases would be used for the necessary mobilization of logistics to the various districts and communities.
LLIN Point Mass Distribution Campaign is a revised campaign strategy by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and partners using the universal coverage approach (1 net for 2 persons) of distributing LLINs to the general public, especially at the household level.
The use of insecticide treated bed nets have been found to be a cost-effective approach to break the transmission of the malaria parasite from mosquitoes to humans.
To this end, the upcoming LLINs campaign is a replacement campaign for Bed nets that were distributed in March and April 2018 in the Region which had a three-year effective cycle.
The LLINs can be used even after the 3–year chemical life span and 20 “washes” because the net continues to provide physical protection to users until they acquire a new one.
With this new campaign, the GHS and its partners hope to register at least 90 percent of all households in the region (including barracks and quarters of key institutions) and distribute the LLINs to at least 90 percent of all registered households.
This will be achieved by using the Point Mass Distribution approach to select locations within the community called distribution points.
To ensure a successful campaign health staff and volunteers will be trained thoroughly. There will also be informative meetings, stakeholder engagements at all levels, media briefings, committee meetings, planning meetings as well as social and behavior change communication (public education).
Other activities include; household registration, data validation, movement of bed nets to the various municipalities and districts, actual distribution, post campaign public education, end user surveys and review meetings at both regional and national levels.
Beneficiaries and Requirements
Dr. Djokoto assured that the bed nets would be given to everyone in the region regardless of age and nationality. They would receive bed nets based on household registration using the universal coverage approach of one (1) bed net to two (2) persons. Each household can receive a maximum of five bed nets.
To benefit from the nets, one must belong to a household within the community and be registered with either of the following; Unique Code Generated After Registration, ID Number Used For Registration, Household Head Name Used For Registration, or Contact Number Used For Registration.
Dr. Djokoto, therefore, appealed to the stakeholders, traditional authorities, and the entire populace to support the upcoming exercise, make inputs where necessary, and avail themselves of roles to make the exercise successful.
He also expressed appreciation to the media, the Global Fund, Usaid/Pmi Vector Links, and Municipal and District Assemblies for their continued support and hoped that the collaboration will grow stronger to ensure a successful exercise.
Story by Fred Duodu, Ho