Uganda: EU Chief Backs Indoor DDT Spray

Staff Writers | 23 Feb 2007
Monitor (Kampala)

The European Union will support the government of Uganda in its fight against malaria through indoor residue spraying, the head of the European Delegation to Uganda Vincent De Visscher has said.

A press release from Jane Kyomuhendo the information and communication officer in Mr De Visscher's office on wednesday said the ambassador made the pledge while meeting Health Minister Stephen Mallinga on Monday.

The development seems to put to rest fears that the Ugandan agricultural products would not be allowed in the EU market when the country starts using DDT to control malaria.

Mr De Visscher and Dr Malinga reportedly discussed the importance of realising the Millennium Development Goals and the Poverty Eradication Action Plan health targets.

Health budget

They also discussed the need to increase budgetary allocations to meet the targets.

Currently, the government allocates only about 9 per cent of the national budget to the health sector. Dr Mallinga said his ministry intends to ensure that the share of the health budget rises to about 16 per cent in the next seven years.

Mr De Visscher said the European Commission would increase its support for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of war-torn northern Uganda.

He commended the government for the efforts taken on the long term institutional arrangements for the Global Fund to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.