Free Mosquito Nets Distribution Starts June for Kampala, Wakiso

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The 8th and final phase of the campaign, according to Health Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, which will take care of the two most populous and diverse districts, will start on June 14.

Rugunda was Thursday morning updating press on the progress of distributing mosquito nets across Uganda.

He said the ministry had set up an Inter-ministerial committee to particularly coordinate the distribution campaign in the two central districts.

“This committee will comprise of Ministries of Health, Internal Affairs, Finance, and offices of the mayors in the two districts.”


This, said the Minister, is meant to ensure smooth entry in the diverse and very heterogeneous districts in which about 5.5 million nets will be distributed.

He asked the public to be vigilant and cooperate with the teams especially during the registration phase.

Rugunda cautioned that unregistered persons will not receive nets.

The nationwide program was rolled out last year in a bid to stem the malaria which claims about 100 lives of Ugandans on a daily basis.

The nets have a lifespan of up to three years and government plans to embark on another national distribution once the time has elapsed.

Mid way through the exercise, all districts which have so far received the mosquito nets, Rugunda said.

“A survey carried out by the ministry indicates a reduction in malaria cases in Health facilities in these districts,” he said, adding, “The same has been reflected in the information from our Health Management Information systems showing a significant drop in malaria cases there.”

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