The Ministry of Health has asked district leaders to enact by-laws
on the misuse of mosquito nets.
According to the health ministry, beneficiaries have used the nets to fence off
their gardens, poultry farms while others use them for fishing.
Dr Jimmy Opigo, the head of the malaria control program at the ministry of
health says a lot of money is used to purchase the nets and as such, they
should be used for their intended purpose and not misused. This year's
campaign, according to Opigo will cost over 443 billion shillings.
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Last year, the health ministry reported an upsurge in malaria cases of up to
400,000 cases two years after the second mass net distribution campaign.
Dr Opigo says that the health ministry this year decided to change the texture
of the nets being distributed in the country as a means of reducing on the misuse.
“Previously, we used to distribute hard nets which would be used for fishing
instead of protecting people against malaria. This year-round we only procured
soft mosquito nets which cannot be used for other purposes,” Dr Opigo said.
The distribution of nets started last week in 25 countries in the country.
George William Wopuwa, the LC V Chairperson Namisindwa says that
while the by-laws would be a welcome addition to the mosquito net campaign,
they have not received any information from the health ministry necessitating
them to set up by-laws.
He says it is unlikely that the council will be able to sit to pass such a
by-law due to the COVID-19 situation that has put a halt to all council sittings
in the district.
This year, a total of 27.5 million nets will be distributed
throughout the country.