The Ugandan government will start distributing mosquito nets in the Buganda, Teso and Karamoja regions tomorrow, November 7th, 2020 as part of the Ministry of Health’s “Under the Net” campaign.
The spread is part of the nationwide campaign to spread the long-life insecticidal mosquito nets.
Vice President Edward Ssekandi will officiate on Saturday the 7th in Kyanamukaaka, Masaka District, at the start of net distribution in the Buganda region.
A total of 6.5 million nets will be distributed in the exercise, which is expected to last five days through November 11, in a statement released by the Ministry of Health.
The 39 beneficiary districts in this wave distribution are; Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Kyenjojo, Kyotera, Luweero, Lwengo, Masaka, Mityana, Mpigi, Hioma, Butambala, Ibanda, Kitagwenda, Kamwenge, Gomba, Rakai, Kikuuba, Ngora, Katakwi, Amuria, Oyam, Kola, Kumi, Abimi Manafwa , Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Kaabong, Kapelebyong, Karenga, Kotido, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Buliisa, Moroto, Nabilatok and Napak.
The campaign previously began with the distribution of mosquito nets in 53 selected districts in western Uganda, Teso, Bunyoro Bugisu, Lango and Sebei.
During the August and September exercise, a total of 9.3 million nets were distributed, reaching over 18 million Ugandans.
The statement also indicates that the next distribution will be in Kampala and Wakiso districts. Distribution under this wave is expected to take place between December 1st and 11th, while West Nile counties are expected to receive their mosquito nets in February 2021.
This campaign, dubbed “Under the Net”, is the third universal coverage campaign. A total of 27 million networks are expected to be distributed across the country.
The government has prioritized mosquito nets as one of the most preventive measures to control malaria.
Every three years the Ministry of Health distributes mosquito nets to all Ugandans with the overarching goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality from malaria in the population.