1 The Minister of State for Health, Hon. Margaret Muhanga has revealed that the government plans to vaccinate children against malaria.
3 “If we don’t vaccinate our children against malaria, we are allowing this deadly disease.
4 We lost about 24 children to malaria in June this year,” she said, adding that “a vaccine has been made to control malaria, especially in children.
5 The government is working with other governments abroad that are producing the vaccine.’ She said this as she was responding to a matter of national importance raised by the Kilak South County MP, the Hon. Gilbert Olanya on the high prevalence of malaria in the Acholi sub-region.
6 Olanya said a Malaria Indicators Survey report revealed that 360 children under the age of 15 died of malaria in July 2022.
7 He called on the government to take the malaria problem seriously, citing the deaths of 18 children due to the disease in the Amuru district in the month.
8 of July. Olanya added that the prevalence of malaria in Acholi dropped sharply between 2010 and 2013 when the government was conducting indoor residual spraying, but then increased when the government stopped the programme.
9 “The fumigation of homes proved to be effective at the time it was carried out.
10 I pray that the government will consider resuming indoor residual spraying to reduce the rate of malaria in Acholi,” Olanya said.
11 Muhanga said the Health Ministry raised a red flag over the increase in cases of malaria deaths in May 2022, noting that the highest prevalence was recorded in Busoga.
12 “The malaria deaths had a lot of implications that the children who got the disease were bloodless,” she added.
13 Muhanga pointed out that indoor and outdoor residual spraying is done in homes, however, mosquitoes reappear a week after spraying.
14 “If we can combat the anopheles mosquito that spreads malaria, then we will get rid of the malaria disease,” she said.