By Harriet Asingura
Government through the Ministry of Health (MoH) has launched the third universal coverage campaign for the distribution of mosquito nets, targeting 25 districts across the country. While flagging off the consignment at the National Medical Stores (NMS) in Entebbe, Dr. Diana Atwine the Ministry of Health permanent secretary said, 27 million mosquito nets were flagged off to districts with high prevalence of malaria plus those affected by landslides and floods.
According to Dr. Atwine, the official distribution is expected to be launched in early July by president Museveni and the health minister. “Our team will be charged with distributing these nets from house to house, in observance of the social distancing and the standard operating procedures,” noted Atwine. She urged the public not to use mosquito nets for undesignated roles such as fishing and rearing poultry.
Dr. Moses Kamabare the NMS general manager explained that, embossed nets shall be monitored up to the final recipient. “We shall be using a digitalised system to track the movement of these nets, the same way we have been doing while monitoring the distributed medicines,” noted Kamabare. The mosquito nets that were procured under Global fund, cost US$61m.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jimmy Opigo the assistant commissioner for national malaria control programme said, this will be the third universal coverage campaign for distribution of mosquito nets. “Treated mosquito nets have a span of three years, after which, they lose capability of killing Mosquitoes. That’s why government makes sure to distribute these nets every after two years,” explained Opigo.
Among the districts to benefit from the programme include; Alebtong, Amolatar, Budaka, Bududa, Bugiri, Bukwo, Bulambuli, Butaleja and Butebo. Others are, Dokolo, Kaberamaido, Kalaki, Kapchorwa, Kibuku, Kween, Lira and Mbale. Also is, Namisindwa, Namutumba, Otuke Pallisa, Serere, Sironko, Soroti and Tororo.
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