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Medics Decry Misuse Of Treated Mosquito Nets 

By Willibroad B. Nformi

Medical practitioners have cried out against the misuse of impregnated mosquito nets meant to protect persons from mosquito bites.

Doctors Landry Leuteu and Daniel Yota, District Medical Officers, DMOs, for Kumbo East and West Health Districts, respectively, in Bui Division, expressed their worries about the misuse during a mobilisation and sensitisation meeting on August 17 at the old Kumbo Council Chambers.

The meeting, which brought together civic, municipal, political, religious, traditional authorities and members of the civil society organizations, was intended to sensitize the population on the current campaign to fight malaria in Cameroon. “We were reliably informed that in some areas like Bambalang in Ngoketunjia, the nets were used as fishing gadgets, while in other areas, they were used to catch termites”, the doctors said.

They maintained that the nets are not window blinds, insisting that once distributed, a Committee will move round homes to ensure their effective utilisation. They urged the population to cultivate the habit of sleeping under the nets, dispelling the belief that the nets suffocate.

Explaining that using an impregnated mosquito net was one of the best ways to fight malaria, the medics, however, said the former project was not quite successful. They said the current scheme will witness over eight million mosquito nets distributed to Cameroonians.

They said the India-manufactured nets cost about FCFA 15,000 each with a lifespan of three years. They, however, decried the misuse of these nets. Bui SDO, Bernard Ndodemesape Ngone, insisted on greater mobilisation and sensitisation by one and all to ensure that the campaign is a success in the Division. District Monitoring Committees were formed.

Stakeholders were briefed on planned head count in households which will result in the distribution of over 300,000 treated mosquito nets in Bui Division. According to the medics, malaria kills at least one child below five years every 40 seconds, and accounts for the majority of deaths amongst mothers and pregnant women.

These startling revelations were so frightening that Government had to partnership with other funding bodies to fight the disease. The launching of the campaign in the Northwest Region has been slated for August 29.