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Mosquitoes Develop Resistance To Insecticide Nets In Lagos, Kwara, Others

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Mosquitoes Develop Resistance To Insecticide Nets In Lagos, Kwara, Others

A new study conducted by scientists at the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, has revealed that mosquitoes in 18 states have developed resistance to insecticide nets.

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The outcome of the study , which was presented in NIMR on Tuesday, identified mosquito resistance to insectides as a major threat to the eradication of malaria in Nigeria by 2030.

The lead researcher and the Deputy Director & Head , Public Health Department, NIMR, Dr . Sam Awolola, said insecticide resistance were detected in Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Benue , Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Anambra , Enugu, Rivers, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo states.

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According to the malarialogist, Lagos, Ogun and Niger states recorded the highest incidence of resistance.

Nigeria has distributed over 182 million long – lasting insecticide – treated nets since 2003 till date.

Awolola said the result of the study meant that Nigeria would record a sharp increase in malaria deaths in the 18 states where mosquitoes had developed resistance to these treated nets without quick intervention.

“ 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.

“ 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.

Source: PUNCH 

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