VP told gov’t mosquito nets used for fishing in Masaka  

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VP Ssekandi meeting Country Director Malaria Consortium, Dr. Godfrey Magumba

Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has called for sensitisation to stop misuse of mosquito nets as fishing nets, which has increased the prevalence of malaria especially in malaria prone areas.

In a meeting with officials from Malaria Consortium, Ssekandi said that Government is making progress on curbing illegal fishing nets but added that fishermen have now resorted to use of mosquito nets, which is costing Government money and increasing the epidemic.

Malaria accounts for 40% deaths according to reports from Government facilities in the country, and the Vice President called for new interventions to rid the country of malaria by 2040 saying correct usage of mosquito nets, treatment and residual spraying are some of the strategies Government is undertaking.

Accordingly, Government has this year mobilized 24 million nets worth US$100million dollars for distribution in Northern, Eastern and central Uganda.

He also asked the Ministry of heath to be clear on the arrangement of giving a net per two members in a household saying it was prone to misinterpretation by the different cultural setups in the country and the general African culture.

The Country Director Malaria Consortium, Dr. Godfrey Magumba said that the reduction strategy of malaria targets infections below 7%, which will move Uganda into bracket with Asian countries that have managed the epidemic well, which he said is a paradigm shift from control to pre-elimination.

According to the National Malaria Control Programme, Director Dr. Jimmy Opigo, malaria prevalence was reduced from 42% in 2009 to 19% by 2014 due to strategic interventions adding that in Kampala prevalence is as low as 1%.

The meeting was attended by stakeholders from the Ministry of Health National Malaria Control Programme, USAID Malaria Action Programme for Districts and mindset change youth from greater Masaka district.