Jubilee Centre to give 1,500 mosquito nets
By MILDRED KATONGO
MALARIA remains a major public health and development challenge in Zambia despite Government’s effort to tackle the disease. Many innervations from Government and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) have been put in place to ensure that people are not dying from Malaria. According to the latest publication of the National Malaria Control Centre, Malaria currently accounts for nearly four million clinically diagnosed cases per year, about 36 percent of hospitalized and outpatient department visits. In addition to the direct health impact of malaria, there is also a severe social and economic burden on communities especially on the vulnerable.
The intervention measures put in place to try and curb the scourge include distribution of treated mosquito nets and indoor residue spraying among others. In trying to complement Government’s effort to reduce the burden of malaria in the country, Jubilee Centre on the Copperbelt has sourced more than K100,000 to procure treated mosquito nets for the less privileged in Ndola and Chibuluma Township in Kalulushi.
Jubilee Centre Executive Director Lawrence Temfwe said the organization will give free treated mosquito nets to more than 1,500 vulnerable households to help prevent malaria. Pastor Temfwe said the NGO with support from Copperstone University in the United States of America have so far reached out to more than 800 households in Ndola and Chibuluma. He said that the targeted areas were Chipulukusu and Kawama townships of Ndola as well as Chibote Townships in Chibuluma.
Pastor Temfwe said the use of treated mosquito nets mass distribution to the less priviledged in the community to prevent the deadly disease. “We have an annual programme on mosquito net mass distribution to the less privileged in the community and so far, we have reached out to more than 1,500 households in Ndola and Chibuluma” he said.
Pastor Temfwe said Jubilee Centre would next week distribute more treated mosquito nets to George Township in Lusaka. He said the programme was done annually and mosquito nets given free to the vulnerable in society.
The centre will work with other church networks to help identify the needy in society, especially those who are bed-ridden including people living with HIV/AIDS. He appealed to other churches that were not involved in the cause to help identify members of the community who were in need.