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Bushenyi, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT Bushenyi-based district commissioner Jolly Tibemanya has stopped distributing mosquito nets in the central department of Bushenyi / Ishaka municipality and has included inaccuracies in the list of beneficiaries.
The government, through the Ministry of Health, initiated the distribution of 4.9 million long-life insecticide-treated nets to the western districts of Uganda earlier this month. The nets are distributed by Village Health Teams and Village Chairs under the supervision of district officials.
But the RDC says they identified foul play on registration forms that resulted in the disappearance of more than 58 bales of mosquito nets assigned to the division. On this basis, he has instructed the chairmen to stop the distribution and first to salvage the missing networks.
Godfrey Twinomugisha Obote, the LC II chairman of the central division, said he received 62 bales. But the distribution stopped as soon as it started and so far it has only reached the residents of the Nyamushekyera cell.
Peace Tibakuna, the secretary of social services in Bushenyi District, accused the LCI chairmen of sabotaging the government program.
Dr. Edward Mwesigye, the district health officer, confirmed they had some challenges with the central department, but the exercise went well.
According to the World Health Organization, Uganda has the sixth highest number of malaria deaths per year in Africa, as well as some of the highest reported malaria transmission rates in the world. About 1.4 million cases were reported in 2019 and over 10,500 deaths annually.