By EMMANUEL AINEBYOONA
Senior Public Relations Officer, MoH
The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng will today launch larviciding activities in Lango Sub Region to boost the Malaria fight aimed at defeating the epidemic to zero cases.
According to the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Vector Control division, Dr Alfred Mubanginzi, Larviciding is the regular application of microbial or chemical insecticides to water bodies or water containers.
The exercise helps reduce the adult population of mosquitoes by killing the aquatic immature forms, so that fewer will develop into adults. “This should reduce the number of mosquitoes that bite and infect humans with malaria,”Dr Mubangizi said in an interview ahead of the launch
One of the districts in Lango Sub Region, Apac to be specific accounts for the highest number of mosquito bites in the Uganda per night. However, the Ministry of Health has adopted a comprehensive strategy to defeat malaria that includes case management, sleeping under Long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets, use of Indoor Residue Spray (IRS), Health education and promotion and now larviciding.
The launch of larviciding activities coincided with the week-long technical Support Supervision visit by the Ministry of Health top leadership to the region aimed at assessing the state of Health services.
The major areas of focus by this technical support supervision include: service delivery, Health Infrastructure, Health financing, Health Information management system, Leadership and Governance, Human resources for Health, Medicines and Health supplies, the COVID-19 Response and Partnerships.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Aceng accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine and the Director General Health Services, Dr. Henry G. Mwebesa visited and assessed the health services in the Major divisions of the newly created Lira City. The team also included the Lira City leadership led by the Lira Lord Mayor Mike Ogwang Olwa Veve and his technical teams.
The other Top Management staff of the Ministry Present included; Commissioner Planning Dr Sarah Byakika, Commissioner Nursing Sister Beatrice Amunge, Commissioner Health Infrastructure Eng. George Otim, Commissioner Human Resources Management, Mr Patrick Okello and Assistant Commissioner National Malaria Control Programme Dr Jimmy Opigo, Assistant Commissioner Partnerships Dr Timothy Musila and Dr Katamba Henry, the Coordinator of Global Fund Programmes.
The other teams spent that better part of their days assessing Health services in Amolator district, which hosts the central point of Uganda. The teams included: Director Curative Services Dr Charles Olaro , Director Governace and Regulation Dr Joseph Okware, Commissioner Clinical Services, Dr Jackson Amone, Commissioner Pharmacy Ms Neville Oteba, Commissioner Health Promotion, Education Dr Richard Kabanda, Coordinator Urmchip, Mr John Ssegendo and Commissioner Multi-sectoral Coordination, Mr Tom Aliti
Today, teams will also visit the others districts of Otuke, Aleptong and Dokolo. Those earlier visited include Oyam, Kole and Apac. The technical Support Supervision will end with a Regional Health Assembly to be held in Lira City on Friday.