Nyabirongo Health Workers Distribute Nets, Sensitise Communities To Combat Malaria In Kasese

A couple in Kasese demonstrating how they fit their mosquito net.

BY JOEL KAGUTA

KASESE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021

The health workers at Nyabirongo health centre in Kasese district have stepped up distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and sensitization of the communities in a bid to combat malaria.

In Kisinga Town Council, Robert Kalende, the in-charge of Nyabirongo health centre is leading an outreach team that is conducting door-to-door visits to teach the people how to properly fit the mosquito nets.

Malaria is a serious concern in Kasese where a big number of the people are crammed in internally displaced people’s camps due to floods.

According to the medical records obtained at Nyabirongo health centre, out of 6,917 patients tested for malaria, 3,426 turned out positive.

The others who tested negative for malaria were found to be suffering from respiratory tract infections and other bacterial infections.

Kalende said that the medical facility has already received 10 bales of mosquito nets from the Ministry of Health, and each expectant mother who reports for antenatal care will be given a mosquito net.

He however said that from the outreaches, they discovered that some household heads were taking the nets away from the pregnant mothers instead of sharing bed with them.

According to Hebert Mumbere, the Nyabirongo Health Center Information Assistant, the facility that was established in the 1950’s serves about 20,700 people in ten catchment parishes of Kisinga Town Council and Kisinga sub-counties.

The health centre also receives patients from the neighbouring sub-counties of Munkunyu, Kinyamaseke and Kyondo.

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