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Focus on Eliminating Mosquitoes, President Tells Health Officials

April 6, 2018
 
President Yoweri Museveni has directed Ministry of Health officials to focus on the elimination of mosquitoes as opposed to fighting malaria saying it was illogical to fight malaria instead of eliminating  the anopheles mosquito that transmits the disease.
This after the Minister for Health Dr. Ruth Aceng had informed the President that the cost of the indoor residual spraying was prohibitive and that government would need Shs 350bn to carry out the exercise for every household in the country.
The President however said the cost was much less than what government is spending on malaria treatment which is Shs 400bn.
The President was yesterday speaking during the launch of the Mass Action against Malaria (MAAM) and the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Malaria (UPFM) campaign aimed at renewing efforts geared towards sustaining the gains achieved in reducing malaria and consequently having a malaria free Uganda under the theme, “A malaria free Uganda starts with me,”
 
President Museveni while addressing the gathering at the Parliamentary Parking congratulated the Parliamentary Forum against Malaria and called on them to focus on getting rid of mosquitoes rather than focusing on what the government has already done
“The two living organisms; the mosquito that transmits and the protozoa plasmodium that actually causes malaria can be killed. If they can be killed, then why have a malaria control program instead of elimination,” the President said.
President Museveni said the NRM government managed to eliminate the 13 killer diseases of polio, measles and small pox among others, by putting in place a strong preventive measures such as vaccination and it can also eliminate malaria. 
“If we have eliminated 13 killer diseases so far, then why not malaria? The problem is laziness, especially among health officials,” he said.
MAAM is a new government campaign aimed at sustaining gains made in reducing malaria
He urged the legislators to focus on the debate on the methods of eliminating malaria. “If we focus, then we can get rid of mosquitoes and that is going to be the work of this Forum" he noted.
On the same occasion, President Museveni directed for mass treatment in the West Nile region to stamp out the river blindness menace.
He warned some leaders against misinformation  of their electorates saying that it has on several occasions led to the loss of people.
He saluted the development partners especially USA, UK, WHO and Global Fund among others for their contribution to the fight against malaria.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Jacob Oulanya called on the team to declare war against Malaria by tackling the real problem which is mosquitoes. He called for elimination of the problem rather than treating symptoms.
The minister of Health ,Dr. Ruth Jane Aceng was optimistic that with several interventions  which have been employed by the government, malaria will continue to reduce. She said that malaria has been one of the leading causes of death in the country.
Development partners including UK, US African Leaders on Malaria Alliance among others confirmed their commitment to end malaria in the country.
 
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