By Our Reporter
The Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has urged the Ministry of Health and other medical service providers to work with traditional leaders to mobilize the public in the fight against malaria, one of the highlighted killer diseases.
Speaking at a breakfast meeting with medical experts at Serena Hotel in Kampala April 24, Hon. Kadaga noted the need to sensitize the population against the many neglected tropical diseases including malaria that lead to death of hundreds.
“We live under multiple legal systems both written and the traditional. As medical experts, you should use the established traditional leaders to help you mobilize the population to join the fight against killer diseases. If the Kabaka or Kyabazinga ordered his people to observe minimum domestic standards of hygiene, they will listen and implement,” she said.
As Uganda celebrated the international World Health and Malaria day, a report by the Ministry of Health indicates that malaria is responsible for the death of up to 23,126 persons out of every 100,000 people.
Rt.Hon. Kadaga expressed concern over the high number of deaths due to malaria with over 95% of the country currently under threat. She noted the need for adequate resources to help experts reduce the burden of diseases.
“The burden of disease is too much for the country. A lot of resources are spent on treatment. Many hours of work are lost due to illness and many children drop out of school. We need to wake up and guide the population on what a model home should have,” she added.
Speaker Kadaga supported calls for the establishment of a Commission to specifically handle vector borne diseases across the country. She tasked the health ministry to understudy Cuba that managed to wipe out malaria.