The Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has called on the Ministry of Health to make elimination of malaria a priority this financial year.
One million people die every day in the world because of malaria and of these 90 percent are in Sub-Saharan Africa where Uganda lies.
By failing to take decisions to eliminate malaria, the policy makers and leaders are committing genocide The speaker of Parliament said this while launching the launching Malaria Exhibition at Parliament.
“This is a stark reality of what is happening to our people because of malaria. We need to stop it by taking decisions to eliminate malaria,” roared Kadaga.
“What is more expensive than a life? If we do away with malaria,” wondered Kadaga.
The Speaker pledged Parliament’s support in the fight against malaria through budget increment and participation of Members of Parliament in the fight. She also advocated for residual indoor spraying.
“There are greater challenges leading to higher malaria deaths especially in children below the age of five years,” said Dr. Anthony Mbonye, the Commissioner of Community Health Services in the Ministry of Health.
“70 to 100,000 children below five years die every year because of malaria and it is also the leading cause of abortions,” noted Mbonye.
Up to US$10 million is needed for indoor residual spraying, insecticide treated nets and medication which will help in the eradication of the disease.
The Parliamentary Forum on Malaria in partnership with United Against Malaria is running a week long photo exhibition from 13 to 16 August in the Parliamentary Lobby.