Lira district authorities have announced a massive reduction in Malaria prevalence, attributing it to subsequent Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) project.
For the past two years, Lira district conducted extensive IRS exercise although Sub County like Amac in Erute South opposed it, with locals claiming it make men infertile.
George Okello Ayo, the Lira district vice chairperson told media on Monday that the IRS initiative has worked well in the district.
“This is a very big achievement in our district so the people here should ensure that all their houses are sprayed so that we can achieve 0% prevalence,” Ayo said
“….and my fellow local leaders should show good example by letting the IRS team spray their houses because I heard that in the previous exercise, some local leaders locked up their houses and refused people to spray. This is very bad,” he added.
Ayo is also a secretary for education and health for Lira district, also, representing the people of Ngetta and Adekokwok Sub Counties to Lira district Council.
Paga Quirino, the Municipal Health Inspector said there is a combined aim to achieve 100% coverage in the upcoming exercise.
“Most people within the Municipality do not stay at home during day and this really affects our work and for this reason the next activity of spraying shall be conducted even over the weekends,” Paga said.
According to the health inspector, doing so at the weekend will help achieve targeted 100% reduction and thus eliminating malaria from Lira.
The next of IRS exercise for Lira district will commence on June 11, 2018, authorities say.
Malaria is known to be among disease will kills the highest number of children in the county.
Synopsis of Malaria in Uganda (2014-2020)
According to Ministry of Health, Malaria is a major public health dilemma associated with slow soc-economic growth and poverty in many homes and the most frequently reported disease at both public and health facilities in Uganda is Malaria.
A Ministry report adds that Malaria is the leading cause of mobility and mortality, accounting between 30-50% of outpatient visits at health facilities and 15-201% of all hospital admissions and up to 20% of all hospital deaths.
The Ministry reports further reveals that up to 27.5% of deaths among children less than five years are as a result of malaria.
In 2005, government of the United States of America under then leader Barrack Obama launched President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) with aim of reducing malaria related mortality by 50% in 15 burden countries in Sub Saharan Africa through a rapid scale up of four proven and highly malaria prevention and treatment measures like insecticide treated mosquitoes net, indoor residual spraying, accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment using artemisnin.
In 2006, Uganda was chosen to benefit from PMI and since then, the U.S government has continuously supported the cause.
This fiscal year 2018-2019, Malaria Operational plan (MOP) has a detailed implementation plan for Uganda, based on the strategies of the PMI and the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP).
This was developed in consultation with the NMCP and with participation of national and international partners involved in malaria prevention in Uganda.