600,000 residents of Wakiso are set to receive over a million mosquito nets as part of a countrywide national malaria prevention initiative undertaken by ministry of Health.
Under a partnership with Buganda kingdom, the ministry will distribute 1,650,000 mosquito nets to Wakiso residents on Saturday and Sunday according to Dr Henry Stanley Katamba, the monitoring and evaluation specialist at Malaria Control Program.
The kingdom will provide mass sensitization during the distribution. The distribution exercise will be conducted by Local Council (LC) 1 chairpersons and Village Health Teams (VHTs), supervised by teams from the ministry of Health.
Households that were registered for the exercise in December 2017 are required to come with valid identity cards to collect their nets.
“At the distribution point, we are going to have demonstration on how to use and how to handle the net will be carried,” Katamba noted.
Katamba applauded Buganda’s “Bulungi Bwansi” program promoted by the kingdom which addresses household and environmental sanitation which helps to rid 90 per cent of the causes of malaria.
Dr Ben Kiwanuka Mukwaya, the Buganda minister of Health appreciated the efforts of the government in its fight against malaria.
“Malaria brings poverty in homes, it makes students to miss school”, Mukwaya said.
Buganda will coordinate and support the health efforts with Amasaza and Gombolola chiefs to train households that will receive the nets on how to use the nets received to protect themselves.
The Malaria Control Program has distributed over 25 million mosquito nets in 109 out of the 116 districts in Uganda providing a 95 per cent countrywide coverage.
The program is tasked with providing quality assured services for malaria prevention and treatment to all people in Uganda. Katamba revealed that malaria prevalence in the country had decreased from 42 per cent in 2009 to 19 per cent in 2015 with the burden of malaria over the last 5 years reducing by 50 per cent.
Dr Katamba urged the public to call on the ministry’s toll free number 0800100066 in the event they are asked to pay money to receive the mosquito nets by the distribution teams because the nets are for free.
The program cost $125 million with funding contributed from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Against Malaria Foundation, President’s Malaria Initiative and Department for International Development (DFID).