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Press Statement on the Mosquito Net Distribution

22nd February 2018

                                    MINISTRY OF HEALTH
                                    P. O. BOX 7272,
                                    KAMPALA - UGANDA

Chase Malaria Campaign in Kampala, Distribution takes place this Saturday.
Launched last year in February, the Long-Lasting Insecticide Mosquito Net (LLIN) Campaign has finally reached the capital city, Kampala. The campaign is intended to reduce the Malaria morbidity and mortality through achieving universal coverage with LLINs. The campaign aims to ensure that 85% of targeted populations have access to a LLIN and 85% of all nets distributed are utilised.

Under this ongoing campaign, the country was divided into six waves, with each wave covering 25 districts on average. The sixth and final wave however, only covered Wakiso and Kampala districts, due to their low Malaria prevalence rates.
We recently concluded distribution of mosquito nets in Wakiso District where a total of 1,644,016 nets were distributed protecting 3,012,048 people from Malaria in the district.

The registration exercise in Kampala City was concluded on Tuesday, 23 January, 2018. During this exercise, we registered;

Rubaga Division: 131,967 households with 658,882 people
Nakawa Division: 121, 427 households with 571,467 people
Makindye Division: 137,712 households with 645,189 people
 Kawempe Division:  116,076 households with 554,954 people
While in Central Division: 45,718 households with 213, 890 people.
All these are set to benefit from the campaign, under the arrangement of one net for every two people in a household.  

The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public that distribution of nets in Kampala City will take place on Saturday, 24th February, 2018. A total of 1,441,928 nets will be distributed in all the 5 divisions of Kampala City protecting approximately 2,644,382 people.

During the distribution exercise, we shall distribute as follows:
Rubaga Division: 357, 964 nets
Nakawa Division: 313, 714 nets
Makindye Division: 353, 935 nets
Kawempe Division: 302, 774 nets
Central Division: 116, 541 nets

The distribution exercise shall be conducted at designated distribution points in the villages. These points are the same used as polling stations, like schools, community grounds, places of worship and the likes.

The distribution exercise will be conducted by LC1 chairpersons and Village Health Teams (VHTs), supervised by teams from the Ministry of Health. The campaign has been concluded in 115 districts, where a total of 19,160,875 nets have been distributed, protecting over 38 million people. The campaign has surpassed its target of 85% coverage and currently standing at over 95% coverage.

In the same vein, we would like to inform the public that distribution of mosquito nets in the 5 districts of; Sheema, Mbarara, Kagadi, Bundibugyo and Kasese under Wave 4b, will take place on Saturday, 10th March, 2018.

This campaign is led by the Government of Uganda, supported with Global Fund, DFID through UNICEF, USAID/PMI and Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). These funds have been used for four major components; Procurement of Nets, transportation of nets, operations, logistics, behaviour change communication, data management among others.

As we start the campaign in Kampala, I wish to inform the general public to observe the following;
1.    Remember to pick up your net at the distribution day from your distribution point
2.    Hang the net outside in a shade for 24 hours before using it
3.    Sleeping under a mosquito net every night protects you from contracting Malaria – SO, SLEEP UNDER A MOSQUITO NET EVERY NIGHT
4.    These mosquito nets should be used throughout the year, even when there are fewer mosquitoes, e.g. during the dry season
5.    Remember to take good care of your mosquito net by keeping it clean and sewing any holes.
    
I implore the leaders to;
1.    Mobilise your communities to pick the nets from the distribution points on the distribution day
2.    Sensitize communities on the proper use and retention of nets

I also appeal to Health Workers both in private and public health facilities to;
1.    Sensitize and educate clients on the benefits of adhering to Malaria prevention and control measures
2.    Adhere to the Test, Treat and Track Policy guidelines

I wish to thank the following partners for their tireless efforts in ensuring the smooth running of the campaign; World Health Organization, UNICEF, The Global Fund, Against Malaria Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, Malaria Consortium, Church of Uganda, PACE, ONES Enterprises, UHMG, CHC, NDA, UNBS, Buganda Kingdom, Kampala Capital City Authority, and all our partners.

I thank you,

For God and My Country

Dr. Jimmy Opigo
Manager, National Malaria Control Program
Ministry of Health.