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Pader Women Nabbed for Misusing Mosquito Nets

Albert Onyango, the Agago District Police Commander, says the women were using 22 new long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets distributed by the Health Ministry to trap fish in the stream.
Police in Agago district are holding thirteen women accused of turning long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets into fishing nets. Eight of the women are breastfeeding mothers. They were nabbed fish hunting on Agago River stream that is found between Agago and Pader districts on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

Albert Onyango, the Agago District Police Commander, says the women were using 22 new long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets distributed by the Health Ministry to trap fish in the stream. Onyango says the women were picked up for misusing the mosquito nets that were provided to protect their families from infectious mosquito bites.

 

 

He says some of the residents use the nets to harvest white ants and tether livestock.  According to Onyango, the women face charges of malicious damage to property. He identifies some of the suspect as Macena Apio, Rose Akullu, Esther Apoto, Innocent Ajok, Florence Akech and Agnes Amony amongst others.                                

By the time of filing this story the women were waiting to be handed over to Pader Central Police station. Last year, Malaria claimed 658 lives in the Northern Uganda districts such including Agago, Kitgum, Pader, Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, Nwoya, Apac and Kole among others. 

 

 

Another one million people were treated for malaria following an upsurge of the disease. Ministry of Health also distributed Millions of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets in some of the districts with a high burden of malaria.