Ojamong: Malaria Remains Highest Disease Burden In The County

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By Reuben Olita

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has reiterated that Malaria remains the highest disease burden in the County.

In a speech read on his behalf by the County Executive Committee Member for Health and Sanitation, Phaustine Barasa during the launch of the Great Lakes Malaria Initiative (GLMI) at Akiriamasi primary school in Teso South Sub County, Ojaamong said Busia is among the 10 malaria lake endemic zones with a prevalence of 38.5 and 40 per cent.

“Children under five years and expectant mothers were the most affected in 2021 with 2 per cent of deaths caused by the disease,” said the County Chief.

H.E, Ojaamong said that despite financial challenges, his government has put in place several control interventions among them mass net distribution, bed nets distribution, malaria vaccine in three sub counties (Samia, Butula, Nambale) and malaria case management.

He continued: “We have surveillance, monitoring and evaluation that is creating demand for data use in decision making.

” We have advocacy for more allocation of resources for malaria intervention and continuous education for behavior change,”
The Governor appreciated the role played by partners among them USAID, Global Fund, Living Goods and Amref, adding that the County has also enjoyed support from the Kenyan Cuban bilateral agreement on larval source management.

He added: “Our key success in malaria control interventions include the available policy documents, malaria commodities in government hospitals and faith based facilities. Healthcare workers and Community Health Volunteers have been trained on malaria diagnosis and treatment.”

He further stressed that the County Government of Busia is in full support of the GLMI which will be of great benefit to the residents.

The launch of the GLMI was presided over by the Ugandan State Minister for Health in charge of General Duties Anifa Kawooya, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Health Dr Rashid Aman and the Rwanda Minister of State in charge of Primary Health Care Dr Tharcisse Mpunga.

Kawooya said that the launch is a milestone strengthening Regional Corporation towards eliminating malaria in the Great Lake Region.

“Uganda is proud to align itself with the efforts of the Great Lakes Malaria Initiative in the East African Community region to jointly ensure that the battle against malaria is achievable,” she said.

Dr Aman said that: “The launch recognizes that as EAC member states none of us is an island and that malaria does not recognize administrative borders. Malaria is spread across borders by movement of both mosquitoes and persons infected with the parasite.”

Also present was the Cuban Ambassador to Kenya Juan Manuel Rodriguez, Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, Chief Officer Jonathan Ino and his Finance and Economic Planning counterpart Joy Wanga.

H.E Rasanga cautioned locals against the perception that malaria is caused by witchcraft, stressing the importance of parents taking their children to hospital to get treatment.

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