The Ministry of Health has launched a campaign to treat malaria with an ACT (Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy) in the District to reduce death rate due to the disease.
While speaking to the District officials on 4th July 2017 in the Planning Boardroom, the Ministry’s staff, Ms. Mbabazi said that the Ministry of Health (MOH) developed a Malaria Reduction Strategic Plan (MRSP) 2014 to 2010 to provide a national framework for undertaking the management and control of malaria.
“The Government of Uganda is undertaking a number of initiatives to increase the availability of malaria commodities such as Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (ACTs) and Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (MRDTs) in both the public and private health facilities.” She said.
Ms. Esther also noted that according to ACTs watch survey, 2015, the government is also reintroducing the Affordable Medicine Facility (AMFm) so as to improve accessibility and availability of ACTs in the private sector where about 60% of Ugandans seek treatment for malaria.
She added that the ACTs are provided at a highly subsidized prices with a green leaf and this is to raise awareness about the need for malaria testing with MRDTs, ensuring the private sector is selling the quality assured subsidized Acts with a green leaf.
Ms. Mbabazi stated that the expected outcomes will be removal of the existing barriers to prompt treatment, testing for malaria before treatment; adherence and compliance to the doses, assurance to the public that the quality assured subsidized ACTs with a green leaf are available at a recommended price and empowerment of the public to demand for the ACTs.
The Principal Assistant Secretary Mr. Awio Emmanuel appreciated the government for the ongoing campaign and pledged full support on behalf of the District.
The Assistant District Health Officer Mr. Ocheng Francis Leone also thanked the initiative of the government. However, he stated that there should be a back from the higher authorities in the Central Government in case legal implications are to be implemented on those who will fake the branding of a green leaf and raising prizes beyond the subsidized ones. “We need back up from higher authorities for legal implications. “ He said.
The District Chairperson being represented by Mr. Eling Geoffrey Secretary for Education and Health Apac District Local Government stated that the District should also be prioritized for the ongoing campaigns especially using the local media entities to reach the grass root persons. “We should be prioritized in some government initiatives such as this.” He said.
By PATRICK OPIO