Govt to distribute 24m insecticide treated mosquito nets

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The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has launched the Long Lasting Insecticide-treated mosquito Net (LLIN) campaign at the Boma Grounds in Apac district.

Representing the President at the event, Hon. Dr. Rugunda, emphasized the need for Uganda to triple her efforts in the fight against malaria, despite the recent African Leaders’ Malaria Alliance (ALMA) award the country received.

“Uganda has the sixth highest number of annual deaths from malaria in Africa, without putting in oblivion the immense socio-economic weigh down as reflected in out-of-pocket expenditure for consultation fees, drugs, transport and subsistence production” Rugunda says.

Hon. Rugunda adds that once malaria is eliminated, the country’s GDP will increase by over 30 times in the next few years making us attain our dream of a middle income economic status  and also attaining the Sustainable Development Goal on malaria earlier than expected.

The Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng notes that Government has adopted a multi-faceted approach to malaria control and prevention that is embodied in the Uganda Malaria Reduction Strategic Plan; to reduce annual malaria deaths from the 2013 levels of 47% to near zero, reduce malaria morbidity to 30 cases per 1000 population and reduce the malaria parasite prevalence to less than 7% by the year 2020.

“The national long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) universal coverage distribution planned for 2016 – 2017 directly responds to the Ministry of Health’s strategic objective of achieving and sustaining protection of at least 85% of the population at risk through recommended malaria prevention measures.” Dr. Aceng adds.

Under this campaign, one mosquito net will be given per two people in the household. The distribution process will be guided by the government structures majorly at the local government level.

Distribution has been phased in six waves across the country beginning tomorrow February 18, 2017. The waving has been structured depending on the current Malaria prevalence, proximity and operational arrangements for the 116 districts in Uganda.

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