Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has described the new anti-mosquito paint as a smart solution in efforts to eradicate mosquitoes that cause malaria infections.
“The anti-mosquito paint is an advantage over the indoor residual spray which has been in use that serves for about 6 months. This launch is a sensitization effort to inform Ugandans that we have got a miracle of killing the mosquitoes. It is a smart solution. We used the same method to eradicate tsetse flies,” he said.
The President, however, urged wananchi not to give on the use of mosquito nets adding that the available anti-malaria methods should be used along the paint. He called on the people of Uganda to use the paint that has already been approved by various agencies locally and globally.
The President made the remarks last evening at Kampala Serena International Conference Centre during a dinner where he launched the Kansai Plascon anti-mosquito paint. The Vice-President of Sudan, Mr. Osman Mohammed Yusuf, among others, attended the ceremony.
The paint, approved by the National Drug Authority (NDA) and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), among others, has capacity to control mosquitoes for a period of 2 years. The launch followed an earlier tour of the factory that he made in the day in the Namanve Industrial Business Park in Wakiso District.
President Museveni revealed that in the fight against malaria, Ugandan scientists have developed larvaecides to kill mosquitoes in water. He, therefore, thanked the Vice President of Kasai Plascon, Dr. Kalpana Abe, for her leading role in the development of the anti-mosquito paint. He also commended the Government of Japan for supporting Uganda especially in the construction of the new Jinja Bridge and Nimule road in northern Uganda.
State Minister for Health, Hon. Sarah Opendi, assured the people of Uganda that the new anti-mosquito paint is safe. She revealed that Uganda, which has the 6th highest malaria burden in the world, has been struggling to be malaria-free noting that 10 Districts have been using residual spraying along with treated mosquito nets to control malaria.
She disclosed that 40% of hospital deaths result from malaria infections. She reported that the Government of Uganda has a target of complete reduction in malaria incidents by 2020. She said the global target is to eradicate malaria by 2030. She assured the people that the new paint has been proved to be safe.
The Vice-President of Kansai Plascon Japan, Dr. Kalpana Abe, who said mosquitoes cause the largest number of deaths, revealed that her company made the first launch of the anti-mosquito paint in Zambia in October 2018. She said that they started operations in Uganda in August 2017.
The Japanese Embassy Deputy Head of Mission in Uganda, Mizumoto Horri, gave assurances that his Government attaches a lot of importance of lives in Africa adding that they are committed to boost efforts to work with Uganda in promoting good health.
The Director of Kansai Plascon Uganda, Chris Nugent informed guests that the company has invested US$10 million in the project adding that they are committed to promoting projects that are tailored to improve the health of people’s health.