Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the Malaria Control Programme Manager, said they had delivered bed nets to 134 sub counties out of the 398 ear marked to benefit from the first round of distribution by Wednesday.
Global Fund has approved US$2.9M (approximately
Shs10.8billion) for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for
field teams involved in the recently launched mass mosquito net distribution
campaign, the Health Ministry has revealed. The team is expected to distribute Shillings 27million
The funding is in addition to the Shillings 447billion
that Global Fund together with the United States government contributed towards
the procurement of masks. According to the Health Ministry, there will
be no mass gathering in the new mosquito distribution campaign that will last till
the end of year.
Transportation of the nets that will be
distributed by Village Health Team-VHT door to door has been handed to the
National Medical Stores. Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the Malaria Control Programme Manager,
said they had delivered bed nets to 134 sub counties out of the 398 ear marked
to benefit from the first round of distribution by Wednesday.
The first round will target 25 high malaria
risk districts including Namutumba, Paliisa, Bukwo, Dokolo, Lira, Soroti, Kween
and Kibuku. Others are Bududa, Budaka, Mbale, Serere and Namisindwa among
others. The Ministry of Health says because of the pandemic, the
cost of conducting such campaigns has gone up affecting their earlier budgets.
Opigo says they have had to incur extra costs
with a change in the method of delivery of masks. In addition to providing
PPE that global fund has financed, Opigo says they hadn’t planned for people
who are to deliver the nets door to door but now they have to facilitate them.