The Malaria Program of the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL) says there is an increasing rate of misuse of the treated mosquito nets, which are intended to protect people from mosquito bites, but are now being used for different purposes.
The Director of the LCL’s Malaria Program said it is surprising that treated mosquito nets are not being used for their intended purposes in spite of the fact that the nets are an important tool for preventing the endemic sickness of malaria, which globally kills a child every 60 seconds.
Dr. Moses Y. Harris told over 10 community leaders and other residents that the willful refusal of Liberians to use the mosquito nets has made the fight against malaria a challenging one for the country.
The mission and vision of the LCL Malaria Program, according to Dr. Harris, is to end malaria deaths.
He made the remarks over the weekend during a one-day awareness program on malaria prevention, held in Bernard Farm, which comprises of over 10 communities.
He said the fight against malaria needs more than mosquito nets, therefore he urged community members to cooperate and stop the blatant refusal to use the nets for the right purpose and join the fight against malaria which he described as one of the deadliest diseases in the world.
“Liberians know how to prevent malaria, but because we don’t want to do what we are supposed to do, we will keep getting sick,” Dr. Harris said.
He pointed out that the appropriate use of the mosquito nets and clean environment are the surest ways to stop malaria.
Dr. Harris said WHO has reported that about 24 percent of global disease is caused by environmental exposures, which he believes can be prevented.
The report estimates that more than 33 percent of diseases in children under the age of five are caused by environmental exposures, said Dr. Harris.
He also told the communities the insecticide treated bed nets should be washed once every three months with bathing soap and hung out to dry in a shade.
The Regional Supervisor #1 of the LCL Malaria Program, Susan Larmouth, praised Bernard Farm Community residents for their support to the program.
Some members of the communities have praised the LCL Malaria Program for raising awareness in their communities.
One of three volunteer health workers who are trained by the LCL Malaria Program to provide malaria care in the communities were seen doing regular community household visits.