COMBATING MALARIA: Oyam Residents Urged To Curb Malaria Deaths Through Bush Clearing


Oyam RDC Hope Atuhaire takes a malaria test at Loro Health Centre III during the Malaria Day held on April 25 COURTESY PHOTO


OYAM, Uganda[SHIFTMEDIA NEWS] Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease that continues to have devastating impact on the health and livelihood of people around the world.

This was the message delivered by the Resident District Commissioner Oyam district Rtd ASP Hope Atuhaire during the celebrations to mark the World Malaria Day that was held at the Loro Health center III, Loro Town Council in Oyam District on April 25 2022.

Part of the district officials in attendance

The World Malaria Day is marked annually every 25th of April to bring the global attention and sustain political commitment to the efforts being made to bring an end to malaria, and encourage action to reduce suffering and death from the disease.

“Malaria not only affects health but also incomes as well as food security at household level,” said Atuhaire.

Addressing a mammoth crowd at Loro Health Center III, the new RDC said malaria also has devastating effects on government programs such as Universal primary and Secondary education since it impairs children’s learning.

She said that the government through the stewardship of President Museveni had put in place polices to ensure that malaria is controlled and eventually eliminated in Uganda.

The RDC inspects the health center in Loro

“Malaria can be inexpensively controlled to avoid fatalities by destroying breeding areas for mosquitoes by clearing our compounds, bushes, draining away stagnant water, as well as ensurinh proper disposal of plastic bottles and kaveeras,” said the RDC.

She urged the residents to also ensure early treatment and completion of treatment provided by the medical personnel.

Addressing food security

Atuhaire said through Government support the Tochi irrigation scheme that is currently being implemented by 1,200 members is expected to produce 2500 tones of rice this year.

“This is greatly going to improve the livelihoods of the Oyam people,” she said.

Marking the International Malaria day in style

She highlighted the major challenges in Oyam at the moment as accessibility due to the bad roads. “Some water channels are narrow and thus tractors cant pass through to get to the farmer fields,” she noted.

She however said the problem has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Water and Environment.

She thanked the village health teams whom she described as foot soldiers in the fight against malaria,

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