Kampala, Uganda – The Ministry of Health has started distributing free mosquito nets across the country. The exercise begins next week through the end of the year.
So far only 4.5 million mosquito nets of the 27 million have been purchased. The first batch will be distributed in 25 districts that have been hardest hit by flooding around Lake Kyoga, as well as districts with high malaria prevalence.
The districts are Namutumba, Paliisa, Bukwo, Dokolo, Lira, Soroti, Kween and Kibuku. Others include the Bududa, Budaka, Mbale, Serere and Namisindwa districts, among others.
Dr. Diana Atwine, permanent secretary for the Department of Health, says the Global Fund and the United States government contributed ATS 446.8 billion to procure and distribute the nets.
The distribution was supposed to be in February but was delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Atwine said the ministry had hired NMS to acquire, store and transport the mosquito nets as it could reach the whole country.
According to Atwine, the mosquito nets will be distributed door-to-door by the Village Health Teams, with the support of local leaders.
Jimmy Opigo, the deputy health services commissioner for the National Malaria Control Division, says malaria kills between 14 and 16 people every day, causing 4,000 deaths annually.