The Government of Rwanda is set to distribute 6 million mosquito nets worth Rwf 30 billion as a move to fight against malaria throughout the country.
The mosquito net distribution targets were revealed over the weekend by the State Minister in the Ministry of Health, Dr Ndimubanzi Patrick as he joined Ruhango district residents in a special community work.
“We have placed order of about six million mosquito nets which we will distribute soon. We request you to maintain them for they are expensive and meant to protect your lives and quite expensive, costing $5 each,” he said.
“You must maintain these mosquito nets well and avoid cutting them for use as sponges or fishing. The government sacrifices a lot to avail mosquito nets to citizens. You have to wash them properly with usual soap and avoid exposing them under the sun,” he advised.
Dr Ndimubanzi also urged Rwandans to keep away from poor hygiene, cut bushes around homes, dispose broken bottles among other things that can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
He also unveiled a plan of applying insecticides in houses from hottest districts of the country as part of ongoing efforts to fight against Malaria.
It is expected that two people will share one mosquito net.