By Goodluck Musinguzi
Do you know its becoming cool to own a long lasting treated mosquito net in your crib(home). Most young people dont find you serious if the mosquito net is missing in your house. They cant afford to sleep over in a place where transmission of Malaria is pronounced.
Agnes Namukasa 25 a university graduate said she was was happy to receive her net. She joked saying , “i cant visit anyone without a mosquito net and added it must be clean”.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine, said more than 27 million mosquito nets will be distributed in Uganda to make sure each household is covered.
In 2016, Uganda accounted for 4% of global malaria cases. In 2017, the country had the seventh highest number of malaria cases in Africa, with 7.7 million cases, and had the tenth highest number of annual malarial deaths in 2016, with 12,060 deaths.
However, this is a significant improvement from 2010, when estimated cases were placed at 13.4 million and estimated deaths at 25,370.63.
Dr Diana Atwine says they are happy to see youth involved in Under the Net Campaign to make sure they fight against malaria disease. Young people are energetic and therefore sleeping the mosquito nets helps them to fight any disease.
Malaria control is a long-standing priority of the government’s health agenda. Ministry of Health has suggested different strategies that will help to fight malaria disease.
The Ministry of Health officials are teaching people how to wash their mosquito nets in case they get dirt.
Namukasa said she once visited “friend” was surprised to find his mosquito net damaged and dirty. She says the gentleman had low motivation for mosquito net use with damaged net that could easily be repaired or replaced
A well kept mosquito net can earn any one marks when you have visitors in your home.