MASAKA – Government of Uganda has commenced the distribution of mosquito nets in Buganda, Teso and Karamoja districts. The distribution is part of the national-wide Universal Coverage Campaign for the distribution of mosquito nets.
Under the Net campaign, is the third Universal coverage campaign and a total of 27 million mosquito nets are expected to be distributed across the country. Under the campaign, one mosquito net is being distributed per two people.
On Saturday November 7th, the Vice President, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Edward Ssekandi launched the distribution of mosquito nets in Buganda region at Kyanamukaaka in Masaka district.
A total of 6.5 million mosquito nets will be distributed in the exercise which is expected to end on November 11th 2020. The 39 beneficiary districts in the fourth wave are; Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Kyenjojo, Kyotera, Luweero, Lwengo, Masaka, Mityana, Mpigi, Hoima, Butambala, Ibanda, Kitagwenda, Karnwenge, Gomba, Rakai, Kikuube, Ngora, Katakwi, Amuria, Oyarn, Kole, Kumi, Bukedea, Agago, Manafwa, Abim, Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Kaabong, Kapelebyong, Karenga, Kotido, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Buliisa, Moroto, Nabilatuk and Napak.
The campaign earlier commenced with the distribution of mosquito nets in 53 districts in Western Uganda including, Teso, Bunyoro, Bugisu, Lango and Sebei region. A total of 9.3 million nets were earlier distributed in the exercise that was conducted in August and September reaching out to over 18 million Ugandans. The next wave of distribution will target Kamapla and Waksio districts. The distribution under this wave is expected to take place between December 1st and 11th 2020. Districts in West Nile will receive their mosquito nets in February 2021.
“Government has prioritized mosquito nets as one of the most preventative measure for malaria control. Every three years, the Ministry of Health distributes mosquito nets to all Ugandans with the overall objective of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality, said Dr Jimmy Opigo.”
The reduction in malaria, as indicated in the Malaria Indicator Survey has been attributed to the use of mosquito nets, he added.