The government distribution of Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets started today in 25 districts of Eastern and Northern Uganda.
This is part of the newly launched “under the net” campaign, through which the government intends to distribute up to 27.5 million mosquito nets across the country.
The exercise kicked off this morning in Serere, Soroti, Kalaki, Kaberamaido, Pallisa, Bukwo, Kween and Kapchorwa districts. According to the Ministry of Health, distribution teams have also arrived in Alebtong, Amolatar, Budaka, Bududa, Bugiri, Bulambuli, Butaleja, Butebo, Dokolo, Kibuku, Lira, Mbale, Namisindwa, Namutumba, Otuke and Tororo districts.
A total of 4,371,259 nets will be given out in the region, to enable residents to protect themselves against Malaria, the leading cause of deaths, accounting for over 30 per cent of outpatient visits and 20 per cent of hospital admissions across the country.
Jacob Ampeire, the Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Health says that through the campaign, the government seeks to increase access and ownership of mosquito nets in communities, create a culture of net use and consolidate gains from previous interventions.