Village Health Teams in Masaka run short of malaria drugs

By: Gertrude Mutyaba

Masaka: Village Health Teams (VHT) in Masaka District are grappling with a shortage of anti-malarial drugs.

This follows the expiry of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) contract to fund the Masaka District Malaria Consortium.

This was revealed by the Masaka Malaria Consortium spokesperson, Ms Dinah Kakande, on Monday at Kibbe Village in Kyesiiga Sub-county during a tour of District Woman MP Freda Kase-Mubanda.

Ms Kakande said the VHT at Kibbe had been without anti-malarial drugs for more than three months.

She said incidences of death due to malaria among children below five years had reduced during the time when Unicef provided the funding.

However, Ms Kakande said a new funding agency was about to be obtained and that by April, the funding would have resumed.

Treated nets

Under the current circumstances, Ms Kakande said, parents should ensure that they sleep under a mosquito net and they should also clear bushes around their homes.

In the last few months, the government distributed free mosquito nets to households in the district in an effort to reduce malaria.

Ms Dez Nalukwago, a resident of Kibbe, told the meeting that whenever their children fall sick with malaria, they have to make the long journey to the nearest Health Centre III which is about 12km away at Kyannamukaaka.

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