Dutse - Dutse residents urged the state government to conduct a larvicide operation to help protect them from mosquito bites.
Larviciding is a critical component of malaria control programmes designed to rid communities of mosquito larvae.
It involves application of insecticide on walls, rooms, water points and other breeding spots.
Residents made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse.
Malam Kabiru Tanko, a resident, said the exercise would rid the area of of mosquitos and protect people from its bite.
Tanko lamented the growing mosquito population in the area, which he said was making life unbearable to people and exposed them to health hazards.
"I find it difficult to sleep at night because of this problem. Mosquitos are everywhere, we are getting bitten all the time.
“Recently, two of my children were treated of malaria,” he said.
Another resident, Halilu Muntari, said he spent much on insecticide, alleging that most of the insecticides in circulation were not effective.
Muntari said that most families could not afford to buy genuine insecticides.
"In the past, government conducted residual spray and we got respite from the problem.
"Such exercise will control mosquitos and save us from its attacks,” he added.
An official of the Jigawa Malaria Booster Control Programme, said arrangements had been concluded to conduct residual spray in major towns.
"Arrangements are completed for residual spray exercises in major towns, while insecticide treated nets will be distributed.”