Gov’t To Implement $41.4M Malaria Control Project
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The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health in partnership with National Malaria Consortium is implementing a $41.4M Malaria control program code named: Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD).
The Project funded by USAID Center for Disease Control(CDC) and UKAID targets 45 districts that include Hoima, Kabarole, Kasese, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Ntoroko, Kiryandongo, Kibaale, Bulisa, Kyankwanzi, Masindi,Mubende,Nakaseke,Nakasongola, Mukono,Kampala,Kayunga,Arua,Adjumani,Zombo,Yumbe among others.
According to Dr.Jane Nabakoba from the Ministry of Health reveals that the program focuses on reducing cases of malaria and kicking it out of Uganda.
She discloses that 36 districts have been prone to malaria epidemic with 15 new ones added in the last six months.
Dr.Nabakoba says malaria is ranked number killer and contributes highest to the highest mortality rate ,while Uganda is ranked 3rd globally in malaria Epidemic attributing it to people’s habit of treating all fevers as malaria before testing is carried out.
Speaking to the district leaders of Kabarole at Kitumba district headquarters on Thursday 6th April,2017briefing them about program implementation, Dr.Nabakoba asked leaders to emphasize on testing before treatment and proper utilization of mosquito nets for malaria to be a history by 2040.
She noted that an assessment report indicates that 70% of the mosquito nets that were distributed in 2013/14, only 40% utilized them thus calling for ownership and utilization of nets.
Dr.Richard Mugahi the DHO Kabarole observed that if all people use the mosquito nets, we shall be free from malaria but noted in the previous distribution some people used nets as building materials and fishing nets.
Chris M Rwabwogo, Regional Coordinator says the 5year program targets 13m (37% of Uganda’s population) and have put in place a strong communication strategy to change people’s attitudes towards utilization of mosquito nets.
He identified the main areas of implementation as effective malaria prevention, malaria diagnosis, treatment and capacity building of health staff and leaders for management and sustainability of the project.
Dr.Sam Mugume the district planner noted that pledged district commitment saying the project will move the district to many strides towards controlling malaria.
Hon.Stella Kyorampe the district speaker was disappointed by some people who abused the previously distributed nets as building materials when malaria is next to poverty.