By Goodluck Musinguzi
Malaria related mortality increased from 2 per 100,000 population reported in the previous quarter to 3 per 100,000 population. There was malaria outbreak in 47 districts which is 35% of the whole country.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health said they delayed to distribute long lasting treated mosquito nets because of COVID-19 pandemic that shut down the World.
“We had planned to give out the treated mosquito nets in the third quarter of financial year 2019/2020(January, February and March) but the pressure of COVID-19 was evident”, said Dr Diana.
Our target is to distribute 27 million mosquito nets to every household so that we reduce malaria to zero. We have already started with Wave One and Two.
The National Malaria Control Program under Ministry of Health is mandated to provide quality assurance assured services for Malaria prevention and treatment to all people in Uganda.
The Uganda Malaria Reduction Strategic Plan provides a framework for all stakeholders to accelerate nationwide scale up. Malaria reduction intervention by the government and other stakeholders
Government is distributing mosquito nets to make sure they reduce the mortality rate. Its important for people to sleep under the net so that when another report comes out mortality rate should be reduced.
President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Ministry of Health to develop serious interventions against malaria which has become a threat to human life.
They include distribution of long lasting insecticide mosquito nets, indoor spraying, treating family members of those who have malaria and now lavicide.
Hon Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health launched one intervention known as larvaciding at Te Okole in Lira District. Microbial Larvicide is extracted from plant chlorophyll which gives it the capacity to only kill mosquito larvae and spare other aquatic life at source.
Hon Aceng, asked the experts deployed for the exercise to work hard so that mosquitoes are wiped out in communities.
“We have been trying this approach for the last 12 years and our experiments have proved that it is a safe way of dealing with mosquitoes. The approach kills immature forms of the mosquito, thus reducing the risk of malaria transmission,” said Aceng.
The Minister thanked the government of Egypt for supporting Uganda in introducing this system of malaria prevention. She also commended Uganda People’s Defense Forces for partnering with Ministry of Health to make sure this intervention produce good results.
On a visit to Egypt, President Yoweri Museveni was so concerned about the rising cases of malaria in the country ,he was introduced to larviciding as one of the approaches. The President then asked the Egyptian government to help introduce this in Uganda and they accepted to support us,” revealed Aceng.
Egypt then sent Dr. Muhammed Ali, to introduce the mechanism to Uganda.
“Dr. Muhammed started training our staff on the new approach and he helped us to do some experiments to ascertain the reliability of the method. We never wanted to lose our fish while fighting mosquitoes,”
Hon JaneRuth Aceng and Hon David Bahati ,Minister of State Finance presided over the National Launch of the Larviciding Program to end Malaria in Uganda at Butanda Health Centere III in Ndorwa County West, Kabale District late on 20th June,2020.