- Some of the locals use the treated nets for brewing Kwete, for covering seedlings and protecting birds from preys
- According to Uganda National Malaria Control Program, the country has the third highest number of deaths caused by malaria
- Each year, Uganda registered about 100,000 malaria deaths and 46 million diagnosed positive of malaria
By Metedio Iceta
MOYO. Although the district officials have registered a decline in malaria infections, the locals have continued to misuse the treated mosquito nets that were recently distributed.
The health officials said the district registered low cases during the dry season.
Dominic Lomurechu, the district Health Inspector said that from the data collected from health facilities indicates that malaria cases dropped during the dry spell compared to that of rain season.
“We attribute the cases of Malaria during dry spell among the communities due to their behaviors because our region is hot people rarely use the nets at night. The people says when you hang the net it will make the room hot and in doing so the they are exposing themselves to mosquito bites that’s why it still remains but not as high during rainy season”, he says.
“There are some people who misuse our nets in different ways they know and the case in point is that Mosquito net was used to cover sorghum. It is a concern and we shall not tolerate once we get anyone misusing our nets we shall handle that person according to the law because this nets are costly,” Lomurechu said.
Today marks the Malaria day where the World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said: “Many countries are not on track to achieve the targets of the Global Technical strategy for malaria 2016-20130. The pace of progress has slowed or stalled, with significant gaps in the implementation of measures to prevent malaria.”
Moet asked that: “Countries should allocate adequate resources and to work across sectors and strengthen cross-border collaboration. With the required resources, strong coordination and dedicated partners, we can accelerate our actions to achieve a malaria-free Africa. We are ready to beat malaria.”
Ms Joyce Endreo a resident of Lowi Quarter Village in Moyo town council said it prevents chicken from being attacked by the Eagles. Photo by Metedio Iceta.
John Eriku, the Chairman Health Management Committee for Besia Heath Centre III, advised the parents to follow the instructions given to them by the health workers during the period of treating Malaria.
“The mothers who are so close to their Children should follow the prescriptions given to them by the Health Workers. In most cases you find some mothers do not follow the instructions given to them regarding malaria dozes and they end up abusing the Medicines,” Eriku says.
Flavia Siyamba, the team Leader for Interpersonal Communication on Malaria said Moyo district is one of the 47 districts in the country benefiting from the Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD).
“This project aims to prevent and control Malaria illness and death in order to minimize the Social-Economic effects of the disease among the overall population of Uganda and especially in Children under 5 years of age,” she said.
The project began early in August 2016 and covers 47 districts with a total population of more than 13 million.