Refugees in Uganda to receive free mosquito nets

Refugees in Uganda to receive free mosquito nets
Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the Head Malaria Control Programme in Ministry of Health, says the decision to distribute the mosquito nets follows reports of the high malaria burden in the refugee settlements compared to other parts of the country

The Health Ministry is set to distribute 849,495 mosquito nets in refugee settlements across Uganda with support from the Global Fund.

The campaign that is valued at over USD 2M is part of the activities to commemorate the World Refugee Day, which is celebrated on June 20th annually.

The mosquito net distribution exercise will take place on June 23, 2018 to coincide with the anniversary of the Refugee summit that took place in Uganda.

Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the Head Malaria Control Programme in Ministry of Health, says the decision to distribute the mosquito nets follows reports of the high malaria burden in the refugee settlements compared to other parts of the country.

According to available data, malaria accounts for 23 percent of the deaths in refugee settlements. Uganda is home to an estimated 1.4 million refugees, 70 percent of whom are from South Sudan.

Dr. Opigo says they will distribute the nets in accordance to the number of people in need.

According to the breakdown, the refugee settlement in Adjumani district will receive 150,686 mosquito nets, Kiryadongo 3624, Arua 167,347, Kyegegwa 33423, Hoima 38,000, Moyo 120,000, Isingiro over 70,000, Kamwenge 48,000, Yumbe over 179,000 and Lamwo 22,000 nets.

The distribution exercise of the nets is estimated to cost USD 553,000. Dr. Opigo urges the refugees to use the net because they are the most effective weapon against malaria at night.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 27 million mosquito nets are estimated to have been distributed in the recently concluded Chase Malaria mosquito mass distribution campaign.

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