- Nigeria Institute of Medical Research warns against mosquitoes resistance to insecticide net
- According to the research, 18 states in the country are affected
- Lagos, Ogun and Niger states recorded the highest incidence of resistance
The Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Yaba, Lagos has revealed that 18 states in Nigeria now have mosquitoes that are resistant to insecticide nets.
NAIJ.com gathered that the NIMR revealed this result after a recent study test conducted on mosquitoes in the affected states.
Below is the list of the affected states:
According to Punch, Lagos, Ogun and Niger states recorded the highest mosquitoes with resistance to insecticide.
Deputy Director & Head, Public Health Department, NIMR, Dr. Sam Awolola, said: “Most of the insecticide products used in malaria control are also being used in agricultural sector in Nigeria. This over-saturation is a major source of resistance.”
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The Director-General of NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Salako, warned that the progress made in malaria control in the country was under threat due to the discovery.
Salako said: “There is now clear evidence as insecticide resistance has been confirmed in at least 20 states across Nigeria. There is also a gap in the availability of resistant data in 14 states, which requires urgent attention. There is need to urgently explore alternative non-chemical base control measures.”
Meanwhile, following the outbreak of malaria in Sokoto state, the commissioner for health Balarabe Kakale has proposed a new law which states that any man ready for marriage must provide a treated mosquito net to his wife’s family as part of bride price or there will be no wedding.
The new law proposes that both man and wife intending to get married will undergo sickle cell gene test and also enroll for a state community contributory health scheme to reduce the cost of medical treatment.
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