Philemon Yang, Cameroonian Prime Minister, launched an anti-malaria nationwide campaign on Saturday, promising to distribute nine million free mosquito nets.
The campaign was named “KO palu”, meaning ‘knock out malaria’. The aim is to ensure that the whole country have access to mosquito nets. The campaign, which will last for a month, is financed by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda, said 40,000 people had been deployed to help with the distribution. He said this is necessary because malaria kills more people than AIDS and tuberculosis combined in Cameroon.
President Paul Biya announced in January 2011 that malaria treatment would be free for all children under five. Malaria remains the leading cause of disease and death among children under five in Cameroon. It is responsible for 44 percent of cases of diseases among pregnant women and cause of 48 percent of hospitalization.
Even though it is considered number one killer in Africa, it is preventable through hygiene and sanitation and by sleeping under treated mosquito nets.