When mosquito nets curb malaria consultations dramatically

A mother and her newborn child. Photo: UNICEF Cameroon

The community of Moutourwa in the Mayo Kani division of the Far North Region is making history in its fight against malaria. With funding from the Japanese government, UNICEF has been distributing mosquito nets to vulnerable women and children in the area. This has resulted in a significant drop in malaria cases. According to the Senior Warden of the Moutourwa District Hospital, Hassana Mamaï, before the nets were distributed, there was an average of 150 patients diagnosed with malaria each month. After the distribution, the number dropped to 50.

Malaria is the main cause of illness and death in the Moutourwa locality, but the use of mosquito bed nets is reversing the situation. “Since the distribution of mosquito bed nets started, our hospitalization wards are empty”, said Hassana Mamaï. The distribution of mosquito nets is also a good incentive for pregnant woment to come to the hostpital. “Thanks to the distribution of mosquito bed nets to pregnant women, we have witnessed a rise in the number of women received for antenatal care; from 20 women per month to 40 women per month”, explained Mariatou Bichaïr, head of the maternity section

By UNICEF Cameroon

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