The Deputy RDC of Kanungu District, Gad Rugaju, issued a strong warning to the Parish Chiefs, urging them to handle the incoming mosquito nets with care.
He emphasized the importance of verifying that the received nets matched the inventory on paper and emphasized the need to prevent any tampering.
This statement was made on October 10, 2023, when Kanungu District was receiving mosquito nets from the National Medical Stores, a division of the Ministry of Health.
Rugaju also called on government officials to educate the local community about the proper use of these nets and discouraged their sale or misuse for activities such as fishing and scaring crows in gardens.
Additionally, he highlighted the necessity of ensuring secure storage for the nets before distribution, as inadequate security could lead to theft before reaching those in need. Following his statement, the mosquito nets were promptly transported to the Parishes and wards.
Eng. Sam Kajojo, the District Chairperson, expressed his gratitude to the medical stores team for safely delivering the nets, recognizing this as a crucial step in the fight against malaria in the district.
He revealed that a total of 18,392 nets had been received, along with 4,598 bells, each containing 40 nets, for distribution across 102 Parishes. He urged the Village Health Teams (VHTs) and Parish Chiefs to ensure these nets reached the intended beneficiaries.
Kajojo also warned against becoming complacent regarding the reduction in malaria cases, emphasizing the ongoing need for comprehensive efforts to combat the disease.