KAMPALA, March 10 (Xinhua). The Ugandan Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that it would distribute 27 million mosquito nets next month to help fight malaria, one of the deadly diseases in the East African country.
The ministry said in a statement posted here that the long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets will be distributed across the country as part of the third universal cover campaign.
“The government of Uganda will be distributing 27 million free mosquito nets across the country from April,” the statement said.
As part of the 2020 network campaign, the Ministry of Health wants to ensure that all Ugandan citizens sleep under a mosquito net every night to prevent malaria.
According to the Ministry of Health, between 70,000 and 100,000 people die of malaria each year, mostly pregnant mothers and children.
The country has made remarkable progress in the fight against malaria. According to the Malaria Indicator Survey 2018/19, the prevalence rate dropped from 19 to 9 percent.
Progress has been attributed to the continuous distribution of mosquito nets, fall management, and spraying of debris indoors. End item