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Uganda Health Minister says Malaria prevalence to reduce by 2015

Mosquito which spreads Malaria disease

The Uganda Minister of State for Primary Heath, James Kakooza has indicated that malaria prevalence rates will reduce by 5 percent before the end of 2015.

Currently, the prevalence of malaria in Uganda stands at more than 25 percent and remains the leading killer mostly affecting children and pregnant mothers according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.

Kakooza told Ultimate Media that the government has put in place various interventions, like giving free mosquito nets to Ugandans that cannot afford and spraying DDT to reduce the prevalence rates by 2015.

The minister says the Ministry of Health pilot scheme to spray DDT in the districts of Kanungu, Kumi and the Acholi region has already significantly reduced the malaria prevalence rates by about 5 percent.

Kakooza says with such a success story Ugandan’s should not think the task is impossible.

By Zacharia Tiberindwa

Ultimate Media

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