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PSI To Distribute Mosquito Nets To The Vulnerable In WES





By Joseph Nashion


YAMBIO, 18 July 2014 [Gurtong] - Speaking on behalf of the County Administration the deputy Executive Director of Yambio County Mr. James Lino Makana thanked PSI for the initiative of distributing the nets to the population of Yambio and the state as a whole. He further said that this is going to prevent the spread of malaria by the female anopheles mosquito, especially to pregnant mothers and children, who are especially vulnerable.


Makana also said that the distribution of the nets should be well planned and he urged the Payam Administrators to be transparent in handling the work of the volunteers that are going to work in the field.


Meanwhile the County Health Director for Yambio County, Mr. James Ezekiel Ndukpo, disclosed that Yambio County received over one hundred thousand treated mosquito nets, which will be distributed to all the Payams of the County. He explained that the main reason for the meeting is to plan for the number of nets that had been allotted to Yambio County.


Director Ndukpo said the treatment of malaria is very expensive but to prevent it is very cheap. He said that this is an opportunity for the people of Yambio to prevent it through sleeping under the mosquito nets.


Meanwhile, the team leader for PSI Malaria program, Miss. Jennifer Kidden, said that the issue of malaria is everybody’s concern, pointing out that at least three people die daily from malaria in South Sudan, and out of every ten people that visit the hospital, eight are found with malaria in South Sudan. As such, malaria is the number one killer disease in South Sudan.


Kidden said that the current campaign is all over south Sudan and that in WES they are starting with six Counties out of the ten, namely Maridi, Ibba, Yambio, Nzara, Ezo and Nagero Counties. She said that the remaining counties will be handled after finishing the first six. She urged people not to worry if they were not in the first six counties, as the distribution will move on gradually until the entire state is reached.


Kidden said that during the distribution the county authorities should ensure that the nets are not sold in the markets, making it clear that anyone found selling them should be taken before the law. The distribution of the nets will be strictly for the vulnerable, who are children under the age of five years and women, particularly pregnant women.