Uganda: Government Gets 1.8 Million Mosquito Nets and Equipment

Agness Nandutu Mulago | 06 Oct 2006
Monitor (Kampala)

According to the Director of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sam Okware, the nets, worth $10.4 million were procured from the Global Fund and will be supplied free of charge to people in different parts of the country, especially northern Uganda.

Okware said this at the hand over of new laboratory equipment to the National Drug Authority on Wednesday in Kampala.

The equipment was donated by Usaid, under the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), spearheaded by the US President, George W. Bush.

The new machines will be used to test the quality of drugs and medicated mosquito nets coming into the country.

Okware said the equipment has come in time to test the quality of the mosquito nets before they are distributed to the public. The first batch of the nets will be distributed in December and a second one in April 2007.

Uganda, Tanzania and Angola are the first African countries to benefit from the $1.2 billion PMI.