Woman Rejects Census After Missing Out On Free Mosquito Nets

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An elderly woman in Lamwo district on Wednesday refused to be counted over free insecticide treated mosquito nets she missed recently.

An elderly woman in Lamwo district on Wednesday refused to be counted over free insecticide treated mosquito nets she missed recently.
 
She told enumerators missing the nets is enough proof that she won't ever again benefit from other government programmes, including the census.
 
Mathew Ochen Akiya, the caretaker chairperson of Padibe Town Council, identified the woman only as Ocili. He says Ocili, a resident of Tol Polo Village in Padibe Town council, told enumerators that missing the free mosquito nets implies that she can never again benefit from other government programs, adding that it was useless to get enumerated.
 
Akiya says no amount of counseling could convince the woman in her sixties to embrace the census. However, he says, she relented for children under her care to be counted.
 
Akiya says Ocili missed out after she failed to register for the free insecticide treated mosquito nets. Government distributed free mosquito nets to citizens in Acholi and Lango sub region under the Universal Control and Prevention of Malaria programme.
 
Akiya says the parish census supervisor has been sent back to the elderly woman’s home to sensitize her on the benefits of being counted before the September 6th deadline for the 2014 National Population and Housing Census.
 
Akiya says the district will mobilize some insecticide treated mosquito nets to comfort the elderly woman. According to Akiya, Ocili is the only elderly person who refused to be enumerated in the district.