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Masaka – 05/08/2017- The Vice President of Uganda, His Excellency, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi launched the Long-Lasting Insecticide Mosquito Nets (LLIN) campaign for Central Region at Kyanamukaka Sub County in Masaka district. Under this wave, a total of 400,000 nets were distributed protecting approximately 1,600,000 people in the region. H.E, Ssekandi said that strict monitoring measures in homes must be put in place to ensure proper usage of the nets especially in malaria prone areas such as landing sites to avoid wastage of Government resources and reduce infant mortality to death and miscarriages of pregnant mothers to malaria. Ssekandi called upon children to take lead in fighting Malaria in their homesteads. “Please advise your parents against using the mosquito nets for activities like fishing silver fish and covering chicken cages” He urged. Ssekandi added that the public should sleep under the mosquito nets in order to chase Malaria. The districts covered in this wave are; Mubende, Bukomansimbi, Butambala, Gomba, Kalangala, Kalungu, Kayunga, Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Luwero, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Masaka, Mityana, Mpigi, Nakaseke, Mukono, Buikwe, Buvuma, Nakasongola, Rakai, and Sembabule. Mulindwa John, a resident of Kiganda village in Kyanamukaka sub county camped at his distribution point as early as 7:00am, to receive four mosquito nets for the 8 members of his homestead. “This is a blessing; two out of four of my children have suffered severe bouts of Malaria and this has caused permanent disability in one of them while hindering performance of the other in school. I did not have enough money to buy mosquito nets to prevent them from suffering from Malaria” John said. He underscored the efforts of the Government in undertaking the “Chase Malaria” campaign in ensuring that every Ugandan receives a mosquito net. “I have received free mosquito nets for my family thereby giving me the opportunity to protect my children from further Malaria episodes” John said. The Director Clinical Services, Dr. Olaro Charles noted that in the past four years, the Malaria burden in Uganda has reduced from 42% to 19% following a combination of interventions by Government such as distribution of treated mosquito nets, Indoor Residual Spraying, Case Management of Malaria using the Test, Treat and Track approach and Integrated Community Case Management of Malaria as well as research and surveillance. “Malaria is one of the heavy cost factors in homes that disables work in gardens and prevents children from going to school while causing poverty due to the high expenditure incurred from treating the disease” Dr. Olaro said. He said that the Malaria scourge could further be reduced with correct usage of mosquito nets and early testing upon showing signs of Malaria.

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