Authorities distributes 27 million mosquito nets


The program starts on July 9th in 25 districts of the Lango, Teso and Busoga regions

The program starts on July 9th in 25 districts of the Lango, Teso and Busoga regions

The government should start distributing mosquito nets to all counties in the country.

The $ 120 million (sh447b) distribution exercise, carried out by the Department of Health and funded by UK Government donors, the Global Fund, Against Malaria Foundation and USAID, has been named “Under The Net Campaign”.

The program will kick off July 9 in 25 districts in the Lango, Teso and Busoga regions, said Dr. Jimmy Opigo, director of the National Malaria Control Program at the Department of Health.

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.

After the three regions, distribution will be in the southwest region, Opigo said

“All the nets have already been sent to the subdistricts and the team that distributes them has already been trained in the different districts,” said 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 2018/19, Uganda recorded a decrease in malaria prevalence from 42% to 9.2%. The areas hardest hit by malaria are Busoga, West Nile and Karamoja due to high levels of poverty. Malaria has been almost eradicated in Kampala because people are staying in better homes.

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

Atwiine said in order to minimize the crowd, the distribution of the nets will be door-to-door, contrary to previous arrangements to gather 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 will only fight malaria if they use the nets appropriately, rather than putting them in boxes or hanging them without pinning them under the bed,” he said, quickly describing mosquito nets as night Time weapon that kills mosquitoes and keeps them at bay while you sleep.

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

Data from the 2018/19 Malaria Indicator Survey also showed that 30% of the 24 million mosquito nets distributed in 2017 were not being used effectively.

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