WALKING BALES OF MOSQUITO NETS UPHILL

By Goodluck Musinguzi

The Ministry of Health has successfully distributed Long Lasting Treated Mosquito Nets in the Mountainous Areas of Uganda.

Some communities stay on top of hills that cannot be accessed by vehicles or motorcycles, the only alternative is to use individuals who carry them on their heads.

The Ministry of Health has be implementing the second wave for the distribution of treated mosquito nets in most districts of South Western Uganda and parts of Central of Uganda.

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 districts included 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.

In Eastern Uganda, donkeys and human beings were used to reach the hard places.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, Senior Public Relations Officer said Western Uganda plus Kalangala Islands in Lake Victoria are set to receive close to 5 million long lasting mosquito nets targeting 8.6 million people in 1.770,360 households.

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