By Ronald Kabuye
In a bid to eliminate and fight malaria burden in the country which see atleast one out of 10 death caused by it, the ministry of health has decided to engage, involve and partner with religious leaders in the fight especially in the mass distribution of the long lasting insectcide nets.
According to the the National coordinator Monitoring and evaluation of malaria control program in the ministry of health Dr. Henry Katamba the move was informed by the fact that it’s easy for the public to consume and act on the message from the religious leaders.
He added that malaria is nolonger a problem for only doctors and hospitals but for everyone to solve.
He also discouraged self medication and advised the public to always visit health centers whenever they feel unwell.
Katamba revealed that malaria is still a big burden to the country since annually over 18.6 million people are treated of malaria, atleast two out of ten people have a malaria parasite,while atleast one out of 10 deaths in the country is caused by malaria with the must vulnerable people being children under the age of 5 years and pregnant women.
meanwhile the religious leaders who attended the meeting committed to use all their structures and foras to communicate and sensitise people about malaria and how to control the vice.
The meeting come ahead of the massive distribution of four million nets to kampala and wakiso districts.
The ministry will distribute 28 million mosquito nets across the country and so far 23 millions have been distributed.
The nets have costed the donors over 100 million dollars.
Apparently mosquito net use stand at 74%. Besides mosquito nets there other methods of fighting infective mosquitoes which include indoor residue spraying, larval source management, case management and malaria prevention and treatment in pregnancy.