By Goodluck Musinguzi
Before COVID-19 there were many ways one could put a smile on your face but times have changed the simplest things are precious to us. As millions of children stay home because COVID-19 a mosquito net is one precious item that is protecting them from falling sick.
In Uganda the government closed schools that have 15 million young people so that they stay with their parents for safety. Most of them left their mosquito nets at school because they had been told that in one month they would return.
When they reached at home the had truth set in, its been seven months at home and plans to re-open schools are gradual with tough conditions. Government under WAVE 1 and WAVE 2 has distributed millions of mosquito nets to all households in the districts covered.
How do you smile on someone’s face?
- Bring them on a photo-trip.
- Schedule a weekly phone or video chat time with them.
- Have a long-distance movie date.
- Make them a Spotify playlist to listen to when they miss you. …
- Text them little encouraging phrases, GIF’s, or photos throughout their day.
- 6. Mail them a letter.
- Send them some photos and many others , all this is becoming impossible as there is limited movement.
Children play in small spaces and retire to sleep only to find mosquitoes waiting for them.
The government of Uganda is going to distribute 27 millio Long Lasting treated mosquito nets. In some regions they have received under waves one and two.
Children in those regions are happier because mosquito nets are safe guarding them against mosquito bites that cause malaria disease.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health said malaria cases diagnosed and treated increased by 56% in the first quarter of this year. For the first time Global Fund and partners are entirely using government systems to implement a programme of this nature.
We are grateful for the confidence developed and pledge optimal performance,” she said.
The exercise in Eastern Uganda covered Serere, Soroti, Kalaki, Kaberamaido, Pallisa, Bukwo, Kween ,Kapchorwa ,Alebtong, Amolatar, Budaka, Bududa, Bugiri, Bulambuli, Butaleja, Butebo, Dokolo, Kibuku, Lira, Mbale, Namisindwa, Namutumba, Otuke and Tororo districts.
A total of 4,371,259 nets were given out in the region, to enable residents to protect themselves against Malaria, the leading cause of deaths, accounting for over 30 per cent of outpatient visits and 20 per cent of hospital admissions across the country.
In South Western Uganda include Kabale, Kisoro, Rukiga,Rubanda,Rukungiri,Mbarara, Mitooma, Ntungamo, Rwampara, Isingiro, Sheema,Buhweju,Bundibugyo,Bunyangabo,Bushenyi,Kabalore,Kakumiro,Kalangala,Kasese,Kazo,Kiboga, Kiruhura,Kyankwazi, Lyantonde,Nakaseke,Rubirizi and others.
According to MoH report of 2004, malaria death ranged between 70,000 to 100,000 before it was reduced in 2018.
Malaria is responsible for more illness and death than any other single disease in Uganda. People with low immunity, such as pregnant women, young children and people living with HIV/AIDS, are particularly vulnerable to morbidity and mortality associated with malaria.