Health

Gov’t Set to Distribute 6.3 Million Mosquito Nets to Buganda, Teso and Karamoja Areas

The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health’s ‘Under the Net’ campaign, will tomorrow November 7, 2020, commence the distribution of mosquito nets in Buganda, Teso and Karamoja regions.

The distribution is part of the nationwide coverage campaign for the distribution of the long lasting insecticidal mosquito nets.

The Vice President, Edward Ssekandi, will officiate at the net distribution launch in Buganda region on Saturday, 7 in Kyanamukaaka, Masaka district.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Health, a total of 6.5 million nets will be distributed in the exercise which is expected to last for five days until November 11.

The 39 beneficiary districts in this distribution wave are; Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Kyenjojo, Kyotera, Luweero, Lwengo, Masaka, Mityana, Mpigi, Hioma, Butambala, Ibanda, Kitagwenda, Kamwenge, Gomba, Rakai, Kikuuba, Ngora, Katakwi, Amuria, Oyam, Kola, Kumi, Bukedea, Agago, Manafwa, Abim, Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Kaabong, Kapelebyong, Karenga, Kotido, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Buliisa, Moroto, Nabilatok and Napak.

The campaign earlier commenced with the distribution of mosquito nets in 53 selected districts in Western Uganda, Teso, Bunyoro Bugisu, Lango and Sebei region.

A total of 9.3 million nets were distributed in the exercise that was conducted in August and September reaching out to over 18 million Ugandans.

The statement further indicates that the next distribution will target Kampala and Wakiso districts. The distribution under this wave is expected to take place between December 1st and 11th while the districts in West Nile are expected to receive their mosquito nets in February 2021.

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This campaign dubbed ‘under the net’, is the third universal coverage campaign and a total of 27 million nets are expected to be distributed across the country.

The government has prioritized mosquito nets as one of the most preventive measures for malaria control.

Every three years, the Ministry of Health distributes mosquito nets to all Ugandans with the overall objective of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality among the population.

 

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