ARUA CITY. Uganda's ministry of Health (MOH) has commenced distribution of 128 million treated mosquito nets. The country wide distribution was laucnhed on 17th June by permanent secretary of Ministry Of Health, Dr Diana Atwine.
The exercise which will be in six waves started in 25 districts with highest Malaria prevalence rates in Easter Uganda and those affected by floods.
A net will be given to two people in households in a bid to suppress possible mortalities if more interest is put on Covid-19 as people may instead be dying of Malaria.
The 25 districts in the first wave include Aleptong, Budaka, Amulatar, Tororo, Bududa, Bugiri, Sironko, Mbale, Kapchorwa, Palisa, Serere, Dokolo, Butebo, Butaleja, Bukwo, Kalaki, Kween, Lira, Kaberamaido, Kibuku, Otuke, Bulanbuli, Namutumba and Namisindwa, among others.
According to the MOH, this net distribution campaign takes into account the need to protect households against spread of Coronavirus by making Village Health Teams (VHTs) to spend short minutes during the distribution process who will move door to door because mass gatherings will not be allowed in the process.
Speaking to journalists in a Webinar on Thursday, Mr Jacob Ampaire, the public relations officer in the ministry of health said the distribution process is expected to take two months from July ending in August 2020.
Meanwhile MOH senior spokesperson Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona disclosed that refugees will be part of the beneficiaries in which the ministry of health will link up with UNHCR for the cause among refugee communities.
Ainebyoona warned the public against misuse of the nets as there are reports that many people use them for fishing and fencing nursery beds among others.
“We need to use these nets effectively with aims of bringing down malaria prevalence rate to zero in Uganda”, Ainebyoona said.
He called upon Ugandans to immediately visit health centres whenever they detect possible signs of Malaria in them and among their children in homes.
Over the years, Uganda has registered a success in the drop of malaria prevalence from 2009 when the prevalence rate stood at 42 percent down to 9.2 percent between 2018 and 2019.
Recently while releasing Covid-19 patients at Arua Regional Referral Hospital in Arua City, state minster for primary health Care, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu warned health workers against reluctance in treating Malaria cases at the expense of Coronavirus.