21 Million Ugandans To Receive Free Mosquito Nets


viagra dosage geneva; color: #222222;”>The program running under the Ministry of Health’s Malaria Control Program, page Chimpreports has learnt; will be unveiled on the May 10, mind 2013 in Soroti district.

Speaking momentarily on the exercise to our reporter, State Minister for Primary Health Care Hon. Sarah Opendi said the government had generated funds for procurement of over 21 million mosquito nets both internally and with assistance from other international development partners.

“Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Malaria Day, we intend to commence this exercise in Soroti district, and then we will in the due course spread it across the country,” she said.

Hon. Opendi told journalists that World Malaria day which is usually celebrated on the April 25 every year (Thursday in this case) has been postponed to the May 10, due to unavoidable pop-ups in the
ministry activities.

“We were recently entangled in the death and burial arrangements of our former Minister of Health Hon. Stephen Mallinga which coincided with the dates we had slated for the immunization week launch and thus we had to postpone most of the subsequent programs including the World Malaria day,” added Opendi.

She added that initially the venue was supposed to be Mubende district, however it was agreed to be shifted to Soroti due to lack of sufficient household data on health care especially to do with malaria prevalence therein, which was more easily accessible in the latter.

The event expected to be presided over by President Yoweri Museveni is an extension of the 2010 launched mass distribution of long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets which was initially intended to target only pregnant mothers and children under five years.

This subsequent phase however will aim to achieve universal coverage in a bid to protect the entire populace against an epidemic that claims between 70000 – 110000 lives of Ugandans every year, rendering it the leading cause of illness and death.


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