According to the district health department, malaria cases are common in Busiisi in the Hoima West, Kitoba, Kigorobya, and Buseruka divisions.
The Ministry of Health has supplied 310,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to the local government of Hoima County.
Dr. Lawrence Tumusiime, the district’s acting health officer – DHO Hoima – says distribution of the nets will begin on Saturday. They are distributed door-to-door by community councilors and members of the village health team.
He asked residents to take part in the malaria fight in the district.
Evelyn Kobusinge, the deputy head of administration, praised the Ministry of Health for the intervention, according to which malaria remains one of the leading causes of death in the district.
Alex Musinguzi, from the Ministry of Health, called for collaboration and coordination to ensure that the distribution is fair and transparent.
According to the district health department, cases of malaria are common in the Busiisi Hoima West, Kitoba, Kigorobya and Buseruka counties.
Experts say that nets, when used properly, reduce malaria transmission by 60%, child deaths by 20%, and mosquito populations by up to 90%.
A survey conducted before schools closed following the COVID-19 outbreak found that most children in boarding schools suffer from malaria because they lack nets, other old and worn nets.
However, data from the district’s health management information system indicates that cases of malaria have decreased during a period when schools were closed during the COVID-19 lockdown.
In April, outpatient care at Hoima Hospital decreased from 153,788 to 148,999.
Of these, 47,042 had malaria, a reduction from 52,769 cases before school ended.
The government last distributed 260,000 nets in Hoima in 2016.
Although Uganda recorded the second largest reduction in malaria cases (1.5 million) between 2017 and 2018, the country is still the third highest contributor to malaria cases and the seventh highest contributor to malaria deaths, according to the World Health Organization report.
Malaria has a significant negative impact on the Ugandan economy due to decreased productivity, lower school attendance and lower performance, as well as lower foreign investment.