Uganda Ranked Highest In Malaria Transmission

this web geneva; font-size: small;”>According to a report by Sustainable Conservations, in Uganda, the time to fight malaria is now.

It attributed the high prevalence of malaria in Uganda to inefficiency of health facilities and ignorance of people.

It posted a story of a mother who lost a child due to ignorance and incompetence of medical personnel.

Jane is a resident of Masaka district and mother of five children including a four-year old daughter called Alice. One day Alice developed a high temperature and was complaining of headache.

She had complained of headache for the past two days. Her mother decided to give her some herbs hoping that herbs would cool the temperature. Jane also bathed Alice with the remaining herbs as was advised by her mother-in-law. During the night, Alice’s temperature got much higher throughout and her mother decided to take her to the nearby clinic.

Unfortunately, Jane died at the clinic as they were still lining up to see a health worker. The key issue that is implicated in the death of this beloved daughter is the delays made both at home and at the health facility.

Sustainable Conservations says that until Uganda gets a mechanism of making emergency care available and accessible at every level of health care system, then it is less likely to reduce unnecessary deaths of children.

The available statistics show that in Uganda, between 70,000 and 100,000 child deaths that occur annually are attributable to malaria. This may not be surprising given the fact that Uganda has the world’s highest malaria transmission rate.

“Poor management of malaria has a lot of implications ranging from individual, family to national levels. About 15 percent of premature death is due to malaria. Most families spend close to 25 percent of their income on malaria treatment contributing to high levels of poverty in most households,” article reads.

Ministry of Health on Monday announced to distribute a total of 21 million Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets to the entire country in effort to fight against malaria in Uganda.

This is aimed at having a universal coverage with all people sleeping under an insecticide treated net with its major focus on children below five years and pregnant women who are the most vulnerable.

The nets will be distributed on the formula of 2 people per net as a strategy to reduce on the malaria incidence in the country. The distribution exercise will be launched by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda on the 10th May 2013 in Soroti district and the distribution exercise will commence thereafter.

It is also noted that malaria contributes to poor performance in schools and is the leading cause of absenteeism of children. “And most of the poor people are found to be living in environments that are grounds for breeding of mosquitoes some of which transmit malaria,” Sustainable Conservations reports.

As she addressed the press at Media Centre in Kampala on Tuesday, Hon. Sarah Opendi, Minister of State for Primary Health Care revealed that Malaria is common in over 95 per cent of the population in the country making it the leading cause of sickness and death in Uganda.

The press briefing was organised in commemoration of the World Malaria Day and the national launch for distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide treated Nets (LLINs) for universal coverage.

She called for need to strengthen commitment in fighting against malaria by especially committing more resources to the well-known scientific interventions such as Indoor residual spraying (which has mainly been supported by donors); provision of affordable ACTs and provision of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets

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