Kansai Plascon, makers of the newly introduced anti-malaria paint have said the paint has received tremendous demand from the public with almost the first verse paint produced for the first three months sold out.
Santosh Gunte, The Co- Managing Director Kansai Plascon Uganda revealed that all the paint produced will be sold out in the next three weeks.
“This is due to unexpected demand that the paint received. We had produced enough for three months in the first production phase. However, due to unanticipated demand, we are almost out of stock” he said
He added that the company is already in the process of procuring the materials to make more paint and fill up the demand.
This was on Tuesday during a tour visit to the Kansai Plascon production plant in Namanve by officials from the Ministry of Health and the media
The Executive Director Plascon Chris Nugent noted however, that the company’s plans to expand the paint to other E. Africa states are being delayed by authorities
“We are already in talks with authorities in other EAC states, but they have not yet approved the product. I guess Uganda was more eager to fight malaria” he said
The Anti-mosquito paint which was launched early February is a modified acrylic emulsion paint powered by a unique mosquito Knock Down technology which weakens and eventually kills the mosquito if it lands on the walls that have been painted with this particular paint. The paint has a lasting effect of up to two years
Nangamba Odiira, a media officer at the ministry of health who represented the minister urged Ugandans to continue using other means of preventing mosquito bites like sleeping under a mosquito net, and using sprays.
“As you have heard, this technology only works if the mosquito lands on the walls first but there is a possibility that it will come straight to the bed and bite you, that way you will still get sick. The Plascon anti-mosquito paint is part of the solutions” she said
Lungi Koni, the regional brand Manager said the company is still giving out more free paint in its ‘hold my hand to 5’ social responsibility to schools, hospitals and less privileged communities. After Kampala, the campaign will be taken to other regions like Guru by end of this month