The government of Uganda through ministry of Health has delivered 2,120,000 long lasting treated mosquito nets to Rukungiri district local government.
The nets were received today morning at by the Rukungiri district leadership led by Deputy Resident District Commissioner (DRDC) Ahimbisibwe Wilberforce Ongom, Lc5 chairperson Mr. Geofrey Kyomukama, Rukungiri district malaria focal person Doctor Edson Mpirime among other leaders.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony at the Rukungiri district headquarters, DRDC Ongom said that leaders and health professionals should educate the public on how to use mosquito nets and encourage locals to get involved in the effort to combat malaria in both the district and the whole nation.
People are advised by DRDC Ongom not to misuse provided mosquito nets since doing so might result in arrest and appropriate charges being brought against them.
The Rukungiri district chairperson for LC5, Mr. Geofrey Kyomukama, urged people to use the nets for their intended purposes rather than abusing them after getting them because doing so costs the government a lot of money.
However, Kyomukama cautions people against misusing mosquito nets, particularly in fish collecting, poultry farming, and designing sitting room tables among other things, and instead advises utilizing them for the intended purposes.
The distribution of the donated mosquito nets, which will begin today and extend for three days, will take place in 88 parishes in the Rukungiri district, according to Amanya Darius, the delivery clerk from National Medical Stores (NMS).
Sleeping under an insecticide-treated mosquito net prevents mosquito bites which cause malaria.
Uganda is ranked 3rd in Africa in terms of malaria disease burden, right behind Nigeria and DR Congo.