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Ministry of Health, Rotary Intensify Fight Against Malaria

The Ministry of Health has advised parents and guardians to take extra care and ensure protection of their family members against malaria

The ministry advised homes, schools and hospitals to ensure a clean environment that does not harbor mosquitoes, to ensure that every family member sleeps under a treated mosquito net and always seek treatment early in case they suspect a malaria case.

Dr. Tusiime Patrick, Commissioner Communicable Diseases prevention and Control at the Ministry says it’s disheartening that despite the resources, time and knowledge that the government, civil society and the private sector has put in the fight against malaria, there are still many Ugandans dying from the disease

About 7000 Ugandans die from the malaria every year. This year there are over 15million new malaria cases reported, an increase from 11m malaria cases reported in 2018

“This number is too high. It is disturbing that despite all the resources and the knowledge we have invested in the malaria fight; Uganda still has one the highest number of deaths caused by malaria globally. We need to change our strategy and do a multi sectoral approach where everyone participates,” he said

“There has been misuse of the distributed mosquitoes, and people are not taking advantage of health services that have been brought closer to them at health center IIs. Most of them go to seek medical care when the malaria has gone out of control. The common people are not taking this malaria seriously, we need to sensitive them more,” he said

Dr Tumusiime was speaking at a Malaria workshop organized by Rotarian Malaria partners of Uganda at Imperial Royale to discuss the raising cases of malaria and to find ways of combating the cases. He represented the Minister for Health, Jane Aceng

Recently the Ministry reported a malaria upsurge in some parts of Uganda with the highest cases reported in Karamoja 34%, West Nile 23% and Busoga 21%. The other affected parts are Lango, Acholi, Teso and Buganda

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According to Dr Jimmy Opio, the Assistant Commissioner Malaria, the cases in Karamoja, Busonga and West Nile are due to lack of proper housing, poverty and the nomadic ways of life that exposes the cattle keepers to mosquitoes

“The new multi sectoral approach looks at different partners like boarding schools, hospitals, hotels where many people spend time. We had originally concentrated on homes which has not worked. We hope that with everyone’s input, there will be a different. We want to reduce malaria deaths to zero,” he said

 

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