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Plascon donates paint, masks to Uganda schools

Friday June 12, 2020

 State Minister for higher education, Dr John Muyingo receives the donations from Kansai Plascon 

Kansai Plascon Uganda has donated anti-mosquito paint and 20,000 facemasks to schools in Uganda ahead of the reopening after the COVID-19 Lockdown. The donation, facilitated by the Japanese government was formalised at. A ceremony attended by the State Minister for higher education, Dr John Muyingo.

The contribution is reinforcement of Kansai Plascon’s fight against the prevalence of malaria cases in the country while creating a safe learning environment at local schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The locally made paint will be distributed to Gayaza High School, Mt St Mary’s College Namagunga, Nabisunsa, among others. The target is for these institutions to be repainted within the month.

First released in 2019, the anti-mosquito paint is an innovative product that is developed in partnership with the Ministry of health. It is free of lead and heavy metals and is certified safe to use by the National Drug Authority.

According to the Ministry of health, Uganda has the sixth highest number of annual deaths from Malaria in Africa as well as some of the highest reported malaria transmission rates in the world. Malaria Has a significant negative impact on the economy of Uganda. The social-economic impact of malaria includes out-of-pocket expenditure for consultation fees, drugs, transport and subsistence at a distant health facility.

Like most ailments, Malaria is turning out to be more dangerous in this COVID-19 period where lock downs restrict movement to health centres and access to care.

The Ministry of health has been welcoming of innovations and new technologies designed to manage the spread of the disease and reduce infections.