WHO expert warns against misuse of mosquito nets

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The distribution of mosquito nets in Uganda will not eliminate malaria if beneficiaries fail to properly use them, the World Health Organisation (WHO)ountry representative has said.

“If the target population does not use the nets properly, we shall not meet our goal of eliminating malaria,” Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu said at the weekend as he distributed nets in Rhino Refugee camp in Ocea County, West Nile.

The 201415 national Budget prioritises the implementation of the malaria strategy for effective control through mass distribution of long lasting insecticide treated nets and mass indoor residual spraying in high malaria prone areas of Lake Kyoga and northern Uganda.

While reading the Budget in Kampala last week, Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka highlighted the need to provide sufficient funds to the Ministry of Health, to fund the programme.

“A section of men in some parts of Koboko are not sleeping under the nets because of cultural beliefs. Some say the chemicals in the nets can suffocate them,” said Mr Idrinsi Deo, the district health educator. However, he was quick to note that people are massively being sensitised on how to use nets.

Dr Alemu said the costly nets cannot work in isolation but with other prevention mechanisms including bush cutting and elimination of places that harbour stagnant water.

eainebyoona@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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