By Ronald Kabuye
In abide to eradicate malaria disease by 2030, ministry of health in conjunction with Uganda Bureau of Statistics UBOS have today launched the third malaria indicator survey aimed at establishing the magnitude of the disease in the country.
While flagging off the 3.2 billion project which will last for three months across the country at the ministry of health gardens, the state minister for general duties Sarah Opendi said the survey also seeks to assess people’s knowledge and attitude about malaria and the impact of the available interventions to fight malaria.
It’s on the above note that Hon. Opendi urged the teams to carry out the survey to do their work with integrity and give quality data so as to enable the country to do proper planning of eradicating malaria even way before 2030.
She further added that in order to clear the mindsets of the communities that still mistaken malaria to be witchcraft with a believe that malaria doesn’t kill, there is need for continuous intensive sensitization of the public.
Its should be noted that the last malaria indicator survey conducted in 2014 indicated that malaria reduced from 49% to 19%.
According to the head of Malaria Control Program in the ministry of health Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the survey which is running under the theme “ counting the milestone in the malaria control struggle” will be conducted by 138 field interviewers and 23 teams each with six people including a nurse and health technician who will check those found with fever to find out whether they have malaria parasite or otherwise and 10,000 households will be sampled across the country.
He further highlighted that its only Rwenzori and Elgon regions that are malaria free.