Government to start spraying houses to fight Malaria

President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday confirmed that government will provide 350 billion Shillings for spraying houses across the country to fight Malaria.

The president made the statement yesterday, while launching the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Malaria-UPFM at Parliament Buildings.

Museveni’s offer came after the Health Minister Ruth Aceng said that the indoor residual spraying strategy is expensive and needs to be implemented in two cycles to have an impact.

Aceng said that her ministry estimates the spraying of the entire country in one cycle to cost 350 billion Shillings but due to absence of money in a lumpsum, the spraying cannot be done.

Museveni said that the country needs to focus on eliminating malaria rather than working towards its reduction. Museveni further appealed to the UPFM, chaired by Jinja West legislator, Moses Balyeku, to focus on the debate on methods that can be used to eliminate malaria.

According to the Health Ministry, 15 people in Uganda die every day because of malaria with pregnant women and babies being the most vulnerable.

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