By Goodluck Musinguzi
Yonas Tegegn WOLDERMARIAM and Dr Diana Atwine, World Health Organization Representative to Uganda and Permanent Secretary respectively chaired a conversation or dialogue with Uganda’s Private Sector in a bid to have a Malaria Free Uganda
Yonas Tegegn WORDERMARIAM said there is a big job to do in effort to remove Uganda from Highly Malaria burdened countries to low malaria burned countries.
“Uganda is among the 11 highly Malaria burdened countries in the world. The good is that, it has a good political commitment to fight it”, Yonas WHO’s country representative said.
Holding a dialogue with private sector and chat on what can be to eliminate malaria cases by 2030 is good for Uganda. The Ministry of Health should be applauded for being innovative.
Dr Diana Atwine opened the dialogue in Kampala with a small team at Ministry of Health as others followed on Malaria Free UG2030 Webinar thanking the Private Sector for taking interest in the fight against Malaria.
He says Uganda’s aim is to reduce malaria by at least 90% and this requires commitment and dedicating resources to achieve a Malaria Ferre Uganda by 2030.
” We are going to spend USD 136 million on the ongoing mosquito net distribution across the country. We want to see how we can generate resources within the country to fight malaria in the country “- Dr Diana Atwine said.
“We believe that the journey we have started is a noble journey. We have support from the head of state and our partners. In the coming budget, malaria prevention is going to be one of the government priorities.
Uganda Spending one third of its budget on commodities on purchasing Malaria medicines is still highest and yet with good behavior change and focus Mosquitoes can be defeated.
Thank you Dr Diana Atwine for leading the campaign aganist malaria. We thank all stake holders who include religious leaders, politicians among others who are taking interest in this fight, Private Sector leaders emphasized.
Together, we are stronger! The energy brought by the Private was soooo palpable! Let’s sustain the energy.
These are some of the companies that have joined the #MalariaFreeUG2030 campaign; 1.Centenary Bank 2.Simba Group of Companies. 3.Uganda National Oil Company. 4.Uganda Biodiversity Fund. 5.Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited. 6.Uganda Manufacturers Association 7.National Water and Sewerage Corporation 8.Join Medical Stores 9-Uganda Tourism Board among others.
Ken Mugisha recognized and thanked corporate bodies that come on board towards a malaria free Uganda.