At the launch of a five-year Malaria action programme at Bundibugyo District, the Western regional Malaria consortium head, Mr. Chris Rwanbongo has revealed that the Ministry of Health is implementing a long-term programme for malaria prevention and control in the country.
According to the ministry officials, Malaria is a major health burden to the country. In order to address this burden, the ministry has entered strategic partnership with Malaria Consortium to implement a five-year malaria action programme in selected 45 districts of Uganda funded by USAID Presidential Malaria initiative.
Mr. Rwabongo has said that the launch was done amid a call to stakeholders to mobilize support for planning and implementation of Malaria Action programme in health systems. These include village Health Teams (VHTs) at community level and at the health facilities in the public.
The districts that will benefit from the program include Kabarole, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Kasese, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo and Kasese.
Dr. Ruth Nabakoza from the ministry of Health has also said that the ministry plans to make a by-law on the use of mosquito nets to stop people from misusing the nets.
She has revealed that there is a decline in malaria deaths over the last three years compared to non-malaria deaths in the country but added that malaria deaths can be reduced to zero if people seek treatment promptly.
However, the district health officer, Dr Christopher Kiyita, said there is need to avail malaria medicines in all health facilities. “We have been facing challenges of inadequate malaria drugs in our health facilities and this affects our performance.