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According to the 2018 WHO Malaria Report, studies show that mosquitoes are now resistant to the insecticides used to treat Long Lasting Mosquito Nets-LLMN.

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Sleeping under a mosquito net is no longer the most effective way for malaria prevention, the World Health Organisation has revealed.

 

According to the 2018 WHO Malaria Report, studies show that mosquitoes are now resistant to the insecticides used to treat Long Lasting Mosquito Nets-LLMN. 

The Report shows that Uganda is one of 10 ten countries in the world that are facing this problem where mosquitoes are resistant to pyrethroid, one of the most used insecticides.

 

Pyrethroid insecticide has been used to treat long lasting mosquito nets for the last 16 years.

 

 

Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the Program Manager National Malaria Control Program, says Uganda is experiencing resistance in some parts of the country because the mosquitoes have been exposed to the insecticides used for a long time.

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The affected districts include Hoima, Gulu, Kanungu, Wakiso and Tororo. Last year, government distributed 26 million mosquito nets under its malaria control program.

 

The WHO report notes that the mosquito nets mass distribution exercise has not reduced the malaria burden in Uganda. Uganda is one of ten countries in the world with a high malaria burden.

 

The Health Ministry, says there was an increase of 300,000 malaria infections in the country last year.

Dr. Myers Lugemwa, a malariologist in the Health Ministry, says to try and make nets useful in the areas experiencing resistance, nets with a new chemical will be distributed.

 

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Dr. Lugemwa says starting with the next mass distribution of nets funded by the Global Fund, USAID, Against Malaria Foundation and the President's Malaria Initiative, government is going to make it a priority to make sure that all nets distributed will have probutile oxide. 

The probutile oxide can also be used in the manufacture of beauty products like lipstick, powder and nail polish. 

 

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