The massive mosquito nets distribution exercise is scheduled to kick off this Friday in Lugari Sub County after the government eventually released adequate nets and funds for logistics.
Speaking during a health stakeholders meeting held at Homelady Guest House in Lumakanda, Lugari Sub County Medical Officer of Health (SCMOH) Dr. Isaiah Wanyonyi Walela said the exercise will kick off from 17th to 21st of this month.
Dr. Walela said preparations were now complete disclosing that over 225, 000 long-lasting treated mosquito nets had been received by his office.
He said the nets will be adequate adding that according to ministry’s provisions, each net is supposed to be shared by two members of a family.
“We count one net for every two people, but if a household has three people, then we shall give them two nets,” explained Walela.
He called on the residents to ensure that they effectively used the nets warning them against misuse.
He said it was disappointing that men and women had converted the nets for other uses, revealing that some residents used the nets to fence their vegetable gardens and tree nurseries.
While others used them as fishing nets in fish ponds and streams, and also for erecting chicken runs habits he warned will not be tolerated.
He said during distribution residents will be issued with a voucher which has instructions on how the nets are supposed to be used. He further advised them to read and follow the instructions and keep the vouchers safely.
The MOH advised residents to visit centres close to them with identity cards on the above mentioned dates to receive the nets reminding them that only the IDs used during registration will be accepted.
The same identification document one used during registration is what he or she will be required to present while receiving the mosquito nets,” explained Dr. Walela adding only a police abstract will be accepted for those who have lost the IDs.
He revealed that a total of 68 centres mostly primary schools and health facilities had been earmarked for the issuance of the nets.