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As Uganda embarks on another campaign to distribute 24 million insecticide treated mosquito nets, a study conducted by National Control Programme Operational Research Desk, has indicated that in some parts of the country, mosquitoes are becoming resistant to the chemicals used in the nets.

Mosquito nets have been largely credited for reducing malaria cases in Africa by 68 per cent and more than 50 per cent of Africans use nets. According to the recently released Uganda demographic and Health Survey report, at least 78 per cent of the households in Uganda own mosquito nets. However, some people still do not know how to use the nets, a case in point is Budaka District where new mosquito nets were distributed. Some of the residents receive mosquito nets and keep them in their suitcases while others use them as curtains in the windows.


one of the residents who received new mosquito nets told agroking Uganda limited that her children had been suffering from Malaria frequently before the government started distributing free mosquito nets.
She said the Village Health Teams (VHTs) have also sensitized them on the importance and usage of the nets. The Ministry of Health distributed 2.6 million mosquito nets in the second wave of the campaign with an aim of protecting more than five million Ugandans.

The districts that benefited under the second wave include Dokolo, Budaka, Bududa, Amuria, Bukedea, Bulambuli, Kaberamaido, Katakwi, Kumi, Manafwa, Ngora, Serere, Sironko, Soroti, Abim, Amolatar, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto and Nakapiripiriti.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has “approved” a new long-lasting insecticide, Actellic 300CS to fight insecticide resistant mosquitoes.

This was announced by the deputy chief of party, Uganda Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) project. Actellic, which lasts six to seven months, is manufactured by syngenta and distributed by Arysta Lite Science. It has replaced bendiocarb, an insecticide which has been in use for several years in Uganda.

The Ministry of Health chose to use actellic after bendiocarb failed to eliminate mosquitoes that transmit malaria. “This intervention is safe. The insecticide has been approved by WHO,”  Agroking Uganda limited added that as long as precautions are followed, the insecticide has no negative impact on humans unless abused.

According to WHO, around the world, 3.3 billion people are at risk of contracting malaria. In 2012, an estimated 207 million cases occurred, and the disease killed approximately 627,000 people, most of them children under the age of five. In Africa on average, malaria kills a child every minute.

It’s use
IRS involves the application of long-lasting chemical substances (insecticides) on walls and ceilings of all houses and residences to either kill or repel the mosquitoes that land on those surfaces. IRS was seen to be suitable for Uganda because mosquitoes feed and rest indoors.

 

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