The Anglican church leaders of West Buganda diocese have urged government to set up laws that will lead to the prosecution of people misusing mosquito nets.
The clergy believe where people fail to understand why government spends so much money on buying and distributing mosquito nets, they should be forced to learn this by arresting and having them prosecuted.
While launching the Malaria Free Families campaign at All Saints church Nyendo, Masaka last week, the diocesan Planning and Development Officer, Rev Fred Matovu, said it was embarrassing to find mosquito nets hung up even in chicken coops.
He said since many resources are used in buying and distributing nets, government should protect those resources by ensuring the public uses them properly. He was responding to reports made by Masaka deputy district health officer Margaret Ntambaazi who said that despite the fact that lots of efforts had been made to ensure that people learn to use mosquito nets which they receive free of charge from government, many continue to use them for fishing, protecting their chicken and gardens.
Just next to the church where the campaign was launched, a farmer was using the mosquito nets to fence off his garden. The bishop of West Buganda diocese Rt Rev Godfrey Makumbi launched the campaign aimed at wiping malaria out by the year 2020.
Under this campaign, parish priests, mothers’ union leaders, youth leaders and village health teams in the diocese are trained on the proper use of mosquito nets as well as other methods of preventing malaria. They will in turn train the people at the grassroots.
Source : The Observer