Gov’t to give out 27.5 million free mosquito nets

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State Minister of Health in charge of primary health care, Dr Joyce Kaducu addressing the media about the distribution of long lasting insecticides treated nets.

The Government of Uganda has made significant improvement in the fight against Malaria in the last decade.

The Malaria prevalence has significantly reduced from 42% in 2009 to 19% in 2014 and now to 9.2% in according to the Malaria Indicator Survey, 2018/19.

It is because the Ministry of Health (MoH) is dedicated to ensuring that Malaria is addressed at all levels using all available means.

Maximum impact on malaria can only be achieved through focusing on the integration of the most effective prevention and treatment tools.

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However, despite the above improvements, Malaria is still a disease of major concern but globally primed for elimination.

In Uganda alone, Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality and accounts for over 30% of outpatient visits and 20% of hospital admissions.

“Everyone in Uganda is at risk of malaria, although pregnant women and children under five years are mostly affected,” said Moriku Joyce, the minister of State of Primary Health Care.  

She told press at Uganda Media Centre on Tuesday that government is conducting the third Universal Coverage Campaign for distribution of mosquito nets.

The campaign dubbed #UndertheNet will see distribution of 27.5 million free mosquito nets countrywide.

The campaign intends to: increase access and ownership of mosquito nets in communities across the country, create a culture of net use and educate the population on care, repair and repurposing of the net #SleepunderthenetUgDistribution of mosquito nets starts on Friday 10 July 2020 in 25 districts in Northern and Eastern region.

A total of 4,371,259 nets will be distributed to protect 7,484,520 people against Malaria in the 25 districts.

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