President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Ministry of Health to resume indoor spraying of mosquitoes in order to control the malaria epidemic that is currently ravaging northern Uganda.
Reports indicate that malaria deaths in northern Uganda have increased 10 fold with the Ministry of Health announcing recently that the plasmodium-caused disease has hit 10 districts of Lamwo, Gulu, Kitgum, Oyam, Agago, Apac, Amuru, Kole, Nwoya and Pader.
22,873 cases had been registered in the districts, with 162 confirmed deaths.
The President who concluded his four day working tour of West Nile and Northern Uganda where he has been promoting the operation wealth creation campaign also cautioned people against Hepatitis B.
“Health workers have been vaccinated against hepatitis B and the ministry will be soon start vaccinations of adults who are not yet infected. The people who are infected should seek treatment which is available,” he said.
During the tour, the President made an on spot tour of the government owned Lere Dam in Kole district which is being used to do fish farming.
He said the investor generates Shs 930 million per annum from the venture which has 150 fish cages.
The fish farming project is managed by Global Christian Trust Ltd which is run by Eddy Morris Ogwen and is operated under a private public partnership with Kole District administration.
Speaking at a public rally at the Kole District headquarters grounds, the President said because there is peace, more children are attending School and there has been infrastructure development in the roads sector, hospitals, schools etc. He said Ugandans are living longer because of a successful national immunization program.”
He stressed the need for the people to generate income through cost effective enterprises such as dairy cows, goats, pigs, shops and rental houses.
He pledged a donation of Sh 100 million towards the construction of the proposed Kole District headquarters and also pledged to assist the women in setting up a soap industry.
The President who is also national chairman of the NRM welcomed over 1,000 members of the opposition who crossed over to the NRM and were introduced by the NRM Vice Chairman for Northern region, Sam Engola.
The LC 5 Chairman of Kole District Peter Ochen thanked President Museveni for the construction of electricity transmission lines in the District.
He requested him to elevate Aboke Health Center 4 to a District Hospital.