Massive net distribution exercise kicks off well in Lugari

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A resident collects the nets at the Lumakanda Sub County hospital during the net distribution exercise
A resident collects the nets at the Lumakanda Sub County hospital during the net distribution exercise

Long queues were witnessed in various centres as the massive mosquito net distribution exercise kicked off in Lugari Sub County on Friday. Hundreds of residents started flocking selected collection centres as early as 7:00 am to collect the nets after the exercise was officially launched by the Sub County Medical officer of Health (MOH) Dr. Isaiah
Wanyonyi Walela.

The MOH asked residents to boost the government’s efforts in eradicating malaria by collecting the nets from designated areas and using them properly. Dr. Walela disclosed  that about 225,000 nets are expected to be distributed both in Matete and Lugari with one net being given to two people

A long queue of residents who turned up to collect mosquito nets in Lugari
A long queue of residents who turned up to collect mosquito nets in Lugari

The MOH said that the distribution exercise will run for five days starting on Friday until Tuesday next week at 68 selected collection centres within the two districts. “The collection centres are at all the health centres and some selected schools within the two districts,” said the officer.

Mrs. Celine Makokha, who is the Sub County Malaria Control Coordinator for, asked the chiefs and their assistants together with community health works to sensitize area residents on the importance and proper usage of the nets.

An official from Lugari Sub County Education Office, Mr. Kennedy Masingu, lauded the initiative saying that it will reduce cases of malaria among school going pupils and students and therefore boost their school attendance in the Sub County.