H.E. Specioza W. Kazibwe, former vice president of Uganda, in a 2-day capacity-building workshop held at Colline Hotel in Mukono, emphasised the crucial role of Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) in mobilising communities to intensify the fight against malaria.
According to Kazibwe, contrary to popular belief, recent research suggests that the mere distribution of mosquito nets is insufficient to effectively prevent malaria transmission. She voiced her concerns regarding the exploitation of malaria prevalence by foreign entities.
Kazibwe stated, “The biggest distributors of nets, medicine, equipment, and other medical supplies are the whites. They capitalise on the prevalence of malaria as a business opportunity.”
Malaria continues to pose a significant threat to the country, hindering its progress. A substantial portion of the national budget is allocated towards combating the disease, as it remains the leading cause of death within the country.
According to available statistics, addressing the issue of malaria conclusively could catalyse a remarkable 60% increase in the country’s overall productivity.
The former Vice President’s call to action urges RDCs and local communities to come together and take more proactive measures against malaria, recognising its detrimental impact on the nation’s development.
According to Kazibwe, by addressing this persistent issue, the country’s overall growth can further advance.
Efforts such as improved preventive education, the distribution of mosquito nets with complementary strategies, and enhanced access to appropriate medical care are necessary in combating the crisis. By effectively tackling malaria, the country can strive towards achieving vital improvements in various sectors and ultimately drive significant progress.