The Kyabazinga of Busoga, William Gabula Nadiope IV, has accepted to champion the renewed fight against Malaria in the country.
The Kyabazinga was speaking at the launch of the nation-wide campaign against malaria at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala yesterday.
In the drive dubbed STOP Malaria campaign, the Monarch pledged to work closely with the Health ministry to fight malaria in Busoga and Uganda as a whole.
“The most affected regions do not have blood banks and it is our prayer that the Health ministry establishes a blood bank in Busoga and other affected regions to save lives,” the Kyabazinga said.
He advocated the need to have adequate supply of safe blood for severely affected malaria patients, especially infants and pregnant women.
At the same event, Busoga Kingdom’s second deputy Katuukiro Osman Noor Ahmed who is also in charge of partnerships in Busoga kingdom handed over a donation of100,000 malaria testing kits to the Health minister Dr. Ruth Aceng. The donation is from ObwaKyabazinga Bwa Busoga in partnership with JOSU LINK and SD BIOSENSOR companies.
Dr Aceng revealed that 71 districts had reported an upsurge in malaria cases, adding that a health population is key to transforming the country. She said the donation was timely and will help fast-track the fight against malaria in the country.
The event was attended by the Health ministry permanent secretary Dr Diana Atwiine, JOSU LINKS managing director Joel Mutyaba, Buyende district Woman MP Mary Nakato, Abasoga Nsete national president Julius Kalugu Omusiginyi, Health ministry officials and Busoga Kingdom ministers, among others.