KAMPALA – Government of Uganda has commenced the distribution of mosquito nets in Kampala and Wakiso districts starting Friday, 8th January 2021 to Wednesday, 13th January 2021 as part of the move to eliminate Malaria in Uganda by the year 2030.
The third Universal Coverage Campaign for the distribution of 27.5 million Long-Lasting Insecticide treated mosquito Nets (LLINs) thought the country involves registration of beneficiaries in all households followed by the distribution of mosquito nets by Village Health Team members who also educate the population on mosquito net use, care, repair and repurposing.
Distribution of mosquito nets in Kampala and Wakiso Districts has been delayed due to the predictions by the Meteorological Department for a prolonged rainy season in January 2021, Dr Opigo said.
There is need to protect the residents against Malaria especially with the non immune people having visited upcountry for Christmas. So this distribution exercise is likely to avert a Malaria upsurge in the two districts, he added.
Ministry of Health, also re-prioritized distribution of mosquito nets in districts which were affected by the floods since increased rains and floods are associated with increased rates of Malaria.
The campaign is supported with funds from Government of Uganda, the Global Fund, World Health Organization, UNICEF, among other partners with an objective of increasing access, ownership and creating a culture of net use in communities across the country.