Bed nets for one-third of population

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

NEARLY 200,000 bed nets will be distributed to 16 locations across the provinces, it is reported.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services through National Vector Borne Disease Control programme is preparing to distribute a total of 186,960 pieces of bed nets soon.

There are 4,621 bales each containing 40 bed nets, which hospitals and clinics in the delivery locations stand to receive soon.

The bed nets come in sizes—single, medium and large.

The target this year is to ensure one-third of the country’s population across Solomon Islands have adult bed nets.

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According to National Vector Borne Disease Control programme, this is part of the national campaign strategy to battle malaria and other vector borne diseases in Solomon Islands.

Vector Borne Division also said distribution of mosquito nets now will be an annual activity, new approach implemented this year instead of hosting it after every two years.

Meanwhile, National Vector Borne Division reveals the In-door Residual Spraying has been on hold by the World Health Organisation due to some findings.

According to the Solomon Islands Annual Malaria Programme 2017 Report, 85,976 Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) were procured in 2017 including remaining stock of 2016.

More LLIN distributed last year than expected due to incomplete implementation in 2016.

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