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Uganda registers success in malaria fight, says gov't

By Andrew Ssenyonga

Added 19th March 2019 07:54 PM

The ministry's Public Relations Officer, Odiirah Nansamba also noted that malaria testing in the public sector has improved from 60% to over 90%.

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Journalists tour Kasai Plascon Uganda Limited factory. The company is partnering with the ministry of health to manufacture Anti-Mosquito paints.PHOTOS: Ramadhan Abbey

The ministry's Public Relations Officer, Odiirah Nansamba also noted that malaria testing in the public sector has improved from 60% to over 90%.

 
Uganda has continued to make good progress towards eradicating malaria by reducing the prevalence from 42% in 2009 to the current level of 19%, a ministry of health official has revealed.
 
The ministry's Public Relations Officer, Odiirah Nansamba also noted that malaria testing in the public sector has improved from 60% to over 90%.
 
“The country’s goal is to eliminate malaria by 2021 and have a healthy productive population,” she said.
 
Nansamba made the revelation during the ministry of health field visit at Kansai Plascon paint factory to learn more on the benefits and production of the recently introduced anti-malaria paint in Namanve, Wakiso district on Tuesday.
 
She added that the recent government efforts including the universal coverage campaign where a total of 27 million mosquito nets were distributed countrywide were among the interventions.
 
“Over 38 million Ugandans benefited from this campaign and hence protected against Malaria. Under this campaign, one net was given per two people in a household,” she explained.
 

 Factory Manager Kenneth Wabwire (in blue middle ) explaining to Journalists how paint is tested 

 Nansamba said that with the coming of the anti-mosquito paint, the government efforts will be complimented. “The paint is part of the numerous solutions to malaria eradication,” she stressed.
 
The ministry publicist said fighting Malaria was the government’s priority citing the sh400bn spent in 2017 on Malaria prevention initiatives such as the distribution of nets, indoor residual spraying and management of malaria in pregnancy.
 
Kansai Plascon managing director Santosh Gumte appreciated the continuous government efforts in the fight against this deadly disease.
 
“The anti-mosquito paint has been tested in Uganda for efficacy and environmental safety. Right now, testing is ongoing on in a number of selected districts,” he said.
 
Gumte described the paint as a ‘value-for-money alternative vector’ in the campaign against a disease that still accounts for one million deaths on the continent every year.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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