Kadaga: Use Traditional Leaders to Fight Malaria

diagnosis geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking at a breakfast meeting with medical experts at Serena Hotel in Kampala this week, Kadaga noted the need to sensitize the population against the many neglected tropical diseases including malaria that lead to death of hundreds.

“We live under multiple legal systems both written and the traditional. As medical experts, you should use the established traditional leaders to help you mobilize the population to join the fight against killer diseases. If the Kabaka or Kyabazinga ordered his people to observe minimum domestic standards of hygiene, they will listen and implement,” she said.

As Uganda celebrated the international World Health and Malaria day, a report by the Ministry of Health indicates that malaria is responsible for the death of up to 23,126 persons out of every 100,000 people.

Kadaga expressed concern over the high number of deaths due to malaria with over 95 percent of the country currently under threat.

She noted the need for adequate resources to help experts reduce the burden of diseases.

“The burden of disease is too much for the country. A lot of resources are spent on treatment. Many hours of work are lost due to illness and many children drop out of school. We need to wake up and guide the population on what a model home should have,” she added.

Speaker Kadaga supported calls for the establishment of a Commission to specifically handle vector borne diseases across the country. She tasked the health ministry to understudy Cuba that managed to wipe out malaria.

The World Health Organisation Country Representative Dr.Wondi Alemu re-echoed the need to address the needs of the rural poor who are the most vulnerable to vector borne diseases. He noted the need to monitor the emerging resistance to insecticides.

Dr.Jane Ruth Acheng the Director General of Health Services reaffirmed government’s commitment to fighting malaria. She announced plans to distribute over 21 million insecticide treated mosquito nets as one of the interventions to reduce the bites of disease spreading mosquitoes.

The Director General appealed to Parliament for support towards the implementation of a malaria reduction strategy that seeks to reduce annual deaths to zero by the year 2020.

Alongside malaria, Uganda is also under threat from sleeping sickness, elephantiasis and river blindness reported at different levels in several districts.

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