Friday May 9 2014

Government to distribute mosquito nets to 41 districts

By Ephraim Kasozi

Kampala-Arrangements have been finalised to distribute more than eight million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets in 41 districts to prevent malaria.

The government said the initiative, which involves multiple activities, is aimed at ensuring that each household is provided with the appropriate nets and sensitised to correctly and consistently use them.

According to a statement by the Malaria Consortium, the government has partnered with the agency since it is a mass campaign.

“Given the large scale of the campaign, the challenges of personnel and other resources, the Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Malaria Consortium as a lead agency to support the technical, operational and administrative aspects of the campaign,” the statement reads in part.

The Malaria Indicator Survey conducted in 2009 reported high prevalence of malaria parasites in children below five years of age ranging, from 5 per cent in Kampala to 63 per cent in mid-northern region, with a national average of 45 per cent.