In the ongoing ‘under the net’ campaign aimed at distributing Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets to all households across the country, the government has noted that people are misusing the mosquito nets and as such devised measures to curb the vice.
In a press statement issued by Dr Henry G Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services, the Ministry of Health has re-enforced the district health taskforce teams to monitor the utilization of the mosquito nets.
“This comes amidst reports that some residents have resorted to selling the recently distributed mosquito nets to raise money for their households amidst the struggles caused by the covid-19 pandemic,” Dr. Mwebesa said.
“In this effort, the Ministry has re-enforced all district taskforces to monitor the utilisation of the nets. The taskforces are headed by the Resident District Commissioners, Deputized by District Health Officers. Other members of the committee include the District Secretaries for health, District Health Educators, Malaria Focal Persons, District Vector Control Officers and District Surveillance Officers,” he added.
Dr. Mwebesa noted that the District Task Forces have also formed sub country taskforces to closely monitor operations at the community level.
“The sub county taskforce is comprised of 7 members headed by Sub-county chief, the health assistant, health educator and a representative from the community.”
Mwebesa further stated that the Village Team members have been tasked to move house to house to monitor the use and hanging of the mosquito nets.
“They have also been assigned to continuously sensitise the communities on the proper use of nets, net care, net repair and net re-purposing,” he added.
So far, 3 waves of the ‘under the net’ campaign have been concluded out of the 6 and a total of 92 districts have been covered.