COVID task forces to help distribute mosquito nets

By Daudi Zirimala

The Government of Uganda is set to distribute 27.5 million long lasting insecticide mosquito nets under the third Universal Coverage Campaign for the distribution of mosquito nets.

The campaign dubbed “Under the Net” is aimed at to increase access and ownership of nets in communities across the country.

According to state minister for Primary health Dr Joyce Moniriku ,the campaign is further expected to create a culture of net use and sustain the gains achieved by the previous campaigns which led to a reduction in the malaria prevalence and this will also be an opportunity to educate the population on mosquito net use, care, repair and re purposing.

The campaign will be digital and scientific heavily utilizing social media and other new media like blogs.

To further support the COVID fight, the mosquito net campaign sensitization will utilize COVID task forces at district and sub county levels and fund media space delivering integrated malaria and COVID messages.

Starting Friday 10th July, 2020, 25 districts will be covered under Wave I and these include: Alebtong, Amolatar, Budaka, Bududa, Bugiri, Bukwo, Bulambuli, Butaleja, Butebo, Dokolo, Kaberamaido, Kalaki, Kapchorwa, Kibuku, Kween, Lira Mbale,
Namisindwa, Namutumba, Otuke, Paliisa, Serere, Sironko, Soroti and Tororo.

A total of 4,371,259 nets will be distributed protecting 7,484,520 people against Malaria in the districts

Ministry of Health to distribute 2,655,840 mosquito nets

By  Fredah Arinaitwe

The Ministry of Health is planning to distribute a total of 2,655,840 mosquito nets in a campaign to reduce mortality and morbidity due to Malaria.

Health minister Sarah Opendi says phase two distribution will be conducted on Saturday March 25th and Sunday March 26th in 22 districts in the Teso and Karamoja regions.

Malaria remains the single largest killer disease in Uganda bit minister Opendi says the campaign has contributed to a reduction of the disease from 42% to 19%.

The first campaign saw a total of 23 million insecticide treated  bed nets  distributed throughout Uganda between  2013 and 2014.

The minister is appealing to leaders and health workers to sensitize people about the importance of sleeping under a treated mosquito net.

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GOVERNMENT TO FLAG OFF THE DISTRIBUTION OF MOSQUITO NETS

By Moses Kidandi

The Ministry of Health is set to flag off district and sub-county supervisors to districts that are set to receive mosquito Nets.

The distribution of nets is part of the Governments campaign to eliminate malaria.

Malaria is still a disease of major concern nationally and globally and is the leading cause of death of children under five years, miscarriages and death of pregnant mothers.

The teams are expected to be flagged off today at the ministry of Health HQs

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