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Free mosquito nets distribution on in Eastern Uganda

By Wilson Manishimwe

Added 3rd April 2017 03:11 PM

The Government through ministry of health has commenced on the preparations for the distribution of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets in the 23 districts in eastern Uganda such as Bulisa, Buyende, and Kiryandongo

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The Government through ministry of health has commenced on the preparations for the distribution of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets in the 23 districts in eastern Uganda such as Bulisa, Buyende, and Kiryandongo

This is part of the bigger campaign where about 24 million nets will be distributed countrywide to reduce malaria prevalence rate in Uganda.

According to the ministry's acting director general for health services Anthony Mbonye, the ministry on Sunday April 2, dispersed a team of 50 supervisors and coordinators to the mentioned districts.
 
"These teams will work with village health teams and LC1 chairpersons to register households for the mosquito nets under supervision of district health personnel," reads part of document that appeared on the ministry's twitter handle.

The ministry appeals to locals to accept to be registered when health officials and village health teams come to their households saying those that shall be left unregistered won't receive nets.

"Mosquito nets should be used throughout the year even during dry seasons where there are fewer mosquitoes, “the ministry urges.

On March 4, the Ministry of Health completed the first wave of the distribution that took place in the 22 districts such as Adjumani, Agago, Alebtong, Amuru, and Apac.

Information obtained from the ministry's web portal indicates that a total of 4,439,639nets were distributed protecting over 8 million Ugandans.

The first campaign was conducted in 2013/2014 and a total of 23 million bed nets were distributed throughout Uganda.  This campaign had a great impact on people and contributed to a reduction in Malaria prevalence from 42% to 19% as indicated in the 2015 Malaria Indicator Survey.

 

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