From Santo Ojok
By Bill Oketch
Apac district residents have received 116,580 insecticide-treated mosquito nets from the Ministry of Health to help reduce malaria incidence in the area.
The sales exercise started on Monday.
However, local leaders have noticed the discrepancy in care.
The mosquito nets should be distributed according to the number of people in each household, with one net for every two people.
Francis Ayo, chairman of Ilera Cell Village, Agulu Division in Apac Township, said he expected 357 mosquito nets for his area but received only 142.
“We submitted our data to the Ministry of Health, but the offer did not match the data we submitted and a lot of people missed the nets,” he told Daily Monitor yesterday.
Mr. Moses Abor, a resident of Alogoro Village, Abedi Township, Apac County, said he was only given two mosquito nets for his family of eight.
“Leaders should help us and give us more mosquito nets,” he said.
Mr. Tom Nangwa, a resident of Rwakisaza Village, Kungu Township, Akokoro County, complained that his family had not received a network.
“I have seven people in my family, but we have not received a mosquito net. We were told the nets would be given to us later but today [yesterday]We were told that the nets have already been distributed, ”said Mr. Nangwa yesterday.
However, Apac District Assistant Health Officer Francis Leone Oceng announced that the anomalies in the net distribution arose at the national level.
“All of these problems started during the micro-planning process for the distribution of the networks. The number of beneficiaries presented to the ministry was higher and the VHTs (Village Health Teams) also submitted different numbers, ”he said.
Mr Francis Nkuanza, the network distribution team leader, said they had also received data from the local managers informing them of the number of networks that should be given out to beneficiaries.
“We budgeted according to the dates we were given earlier. I suspect that the VHTs must have given us incorrect information because we relied on data previously given to us by the local councils, ”said Nkuanza.
Information from the district health department indicates that malaria cases are rising sharply in the region. The problem worsened towards the end of July when mosquito farming skyrocketed after heavy downpours.
Dr. Mathew Emer, the former district health officer, said that about 80 out of 100 suspected cases registered in some district health facilities in 2019 tested positive for malaria.
According to the Etymological Infective Rate (EIR) carried out in 2004, Apac has the highest number of mosquito bites in the world with 1,564 bites.
According to Dr. Myers Lugemwa, the deputy director of the Malaria Control Program at the Ministry of Health, a person living in Apac suffers about five mosquito bites every night.