As malaria still ranks high in killing people in Uganda the government in fighting the disease continues to give free long lasting treated mosquito nets to people in communities as one way of protecting people from malaria.
The Ministry of Health dispatched a total of 240,880 mosquito nets to different sub-counties of Kabarole district that were being delivered and kept in stores of every sub-county but 120 out of 240,880 nets were found missing from Kachwamba sub-county headquarters store.
According to Dr Shaban Mugerwa the team leader from ministry of health said the theft of mosquito nets was reported in Kichwamba sub-county where three bales each one containing 40 nets went missing from the store.
Dr. Mugerwa added that the ministry of health sent 303 bales of mosquito nets to Kichwamba sub-county and three bales went missing, we have notified security agencies and the investigations are now handed to police and Resident District Commissioner to find out the culprits Dr Mugerwa said.
The Deputy Resident District Commissioner Kabarole Festus Bandeeba said that there were loopholes in delivering these nets and blamed the ministry of health for not involving leaders at the district level as they were delivering nets to sub-counties.
Mr. Bandeeba as he was officiating at the launching of long lasting treated insect side mosquito nets distribution at Harugongo Sub-county he added that nets are to be distributed house to house without political affiliation.
We don’t want any politician to engage in distribution of nets apart from chairpersons LC1s Bandeeba empathized
The assistant District Health officer Kabarole Mr. Brian Kisembo said that 33% of admissions made in health facilities are malaria patients and Harugongo sub-county has the most reported malaria cases and has a bigger population and high fatality rate said Kisembo.
The Kabarole District chairman Richard Rwabuhinga said that the most affected group is pregnant women and young children.
He added that as a district we waste a lot of time and money treating malaria so we call upon beneficiaries of nets to put them into proper use to protect our people from malaria.
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