The Ministry of Health is yet to distribute mosquito nets to people of Western Uganda as per the second wave of the distribution schedule in a bid to fight against malaria in the country. Amidst the fight against Covid-19, Malaria has continued to claim lives.
A report by UNICEF indicates that over one million people die from Malaria each year. According to the Uganda Malaria Indicator Survey 2018/2019, malaria prevalence has greatly reduced from 42% in 2009 to 19% in 2014 and currently at 9.2%.
The 2017 World Malaria Report by World Health Organisation stated that malaria remains a leading cause of mobility and mortality in Uganda, responsible for the death of 6,100 people at a rate of 16 Ugandans per day.
Hence, under the mantra hashtag ‘SleepUnderTheNetUg’, the Ministry aims to ensure safety of Ugandans from malaria amidst the prevailing Covid-19.
The second wave of distribution is to take place from August 9 to 18 this year and it will be done by National Medical Stores. The recent distribution covered some parts of Northern and Eastern Uganda.
Mr. Awel Uwihangaye, the head of Government Citizen Interaction Centre said that a total of 28 districts will be covered in this phase. He urged people to register with the Local Council or Village Health Teams so that no single family is left out.
Some of the districts where nets will be distributed include Buhweju, Bushenyi, Isingiro,Kabaale, Kakumiro, Kiruhura districts among others.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said that pregnant women and children are the most vulnerable to malaria, and so progress can’t be achieved without focusing on them.
Through the National Malaria Control Program, the Ministry of Health has provided quality assured services for prevention and treatment of malaria. With the mission; ‘a Malaria free Uganda’, the Ministry is doing more to achieve this.
Dr.Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary recently urged the people to use these nets in appropriate ways to serve their purpose.
The Malaria Consortium-Uganda showed that in 2007, 34% of households had at least one mosquito net.