President Yoweri Museveni has asked Parliament to use malaria funds to kill mosquitoes rather than organize seminars.
“Let the Malaria fund aim at eliminating the mosquitoes by developing the larvicides to kill the mosquito rather than using the fund for benchmarking, seminars and workshops,” Museveni said.
He made the remarks Thursday at Parliament while presiding over the launch of the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Malaria, a platform of MPs from different political shades who collectively generate visibility and provides leadership to the control and prevent of Malaria.
The forum that is currently Chaired by Jinja West MP, Moses Balyeku initiates a range of advocacy activities to raise awareness about the need to prioritize malaria on the political agenda and in development cooperation so as to express political will on urgent development issues on malaria as a mean to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on health.
Museveni also launched a campaign dubbed, “Mass Action Against Malaria” a renewed effort geared towards sustaining the gains achieved in reducing malaria mortality through a comprehensive effort focusing on the individual and households levels.
The President used the function to rally legislators to consider handling the causes of Malaria by ensuring a sustainable fight against the mosquito that causes the disease.
“Why are we having this malaria conservation program, we are not talking of Malaria elimination but rather conservation yet we can eliminate it,” Museveni challenged the members.
He added: “We need to kill the mosquito through using treated bed nets that act as a trap for the mosquito, residual indoor spraying on the walls which last for at least 6 months and outdoor spraying among others.”
He called on members to use the forum to focus on supporting researchers and scientists to come up with solutions that could eliminate mosquitoes other than continuing to do what government is doing.