Mosquito Net
Mosquito Net

Uganda’s ministry of health on Tuesday said it will distribute 27 million mosquito nets next month in a renewed fight against malaria, one of the killer diseases in the East African country.

The ministry said in a statement issued here that the long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets will be distributed across the country, under the third universal coverage campaign.”The government of Uganda will distribute 27 million free mosquito nets countrywide starting April,” the statement said. Under the net campaign 2020, the ministry of health wants to ensure all Ugandan citizens sleep under a mosquito net every night to prevent malaria.

Malaria kills between 70,000 to 100,000 people in the country annually, mostly pregnant mothers and children, according to the ministry of health figures.The country has made notable progress in the fight against malaria, with the disease prevalence rate dropping from 19 percent to 9 percent, according to the 2018/19 Malaria Indicator Survey.The progress has been attributed to the continuous distribution of mosquito nets, case management, and indoor residue spraying.

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