27 million mosquito nets nationwide aren’t allowed to be distributed

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Dr. Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health, urged the public to use the mosquito nets appropriately. Photo / file

MALARIA |

The government will distribute mosquito nets to all counties in the country.

Run by the Department of Health and funded by UK government donors, the Global Fund, Against Malaria Foundation and USAID, the 447 billion shillion (US $ 120 million) distribution exercise will be launched in 25 districts of Lango, Teso and USAID Busoga regions on July 9, the director of the National Malaria Control Program at the Department of Health, said Jimmy Opigo.

The districts include: Dokolo, Kaberamaido, Kapchorwa, Lira, Budaka, Bududa, Bugiri, Bukwo, Butaleja, Butebo, Kalaki, Kibuku, Kween, Mbale, Namisindwa, Namutumba, Alebtong, Bulambuli, Otuke, Paliisa, Serere, Sironko, Soroti, Amolatar and Tororo.

Opigo noted that after the three regions, the distribution will be directed to the southwest region.
“All the nets have already been sent to the sub-counties and the team of people who are distributing them have already been trained in the different districts,” said Dr. Opigo.

He spoke during an online training meeting for journalists about the launch and spread of malaria mosquito nets on Saturday.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine, urged the public to use mosquito nets appropriately to reduce malaria infections and mortality in the country.

According to the Malaria Indicator Survey 2018/2019, Uganda recorded a decrease in malaria prevalence from 42% to 9.2%.

“The areas most affected by malaria are Busoga, West Nile and Karamoja due to high levels of poverty. Malaria has been almost eradicated in Kampala because people stay in good homes,” he noted.

The World Health Organization has set malaria eradication by 2030. The Ministry of Health, in line with the targets, has finalized a Malaria Elimination Policy and Strategic Plan aimed at rapidly reducing the malaria burden and gradually moving into the elimination phase.

Type of distribution

Dr. Atwiine said to minimize the crowd; The distribution of the nets is door-to-door, contrary to the previous arrangements for gathering people.

Participants get the full protection they deserve. You are given full personal protective equipment like masks, gloves, and umbrellas, as well as rubber boots when it rains, she noted.

Opigo went on to explain that the campaign is not just about net distribution, it’s also about effective use.

“We want people to sleep under mosquito nets every night. People only fight malaria if they use the nets appropriately, instead of storing them in boxes or hanging them up without pinning them under the bed,” said Opigo, describing the mosquito nets as a night time weapon that kills and keeps mosquitoes in their sleep.

He also urged adults to safely put the children in the mosquito net every evening.

Data from the 2018/2019 Malaria Indicator Survey showed that 30% of the 24 million mosquito nets distributed in 2017 were ineffective.

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