Vic Falls em­barks on mos­quito con­trol to save tourism

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube

VIC­TO­RIA Falls Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has started spray­ing ho­tels and homes for mos­quito con­trol.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity fast tracked the pro­gramme which started al­most a month ago af­ter ho­tel op­er­a­tors com­plained that the in­sects were caus­ing havoc and scar­ing away tourists from the coun­try’s prime des­ti­na­tion.

Coun­cil’s Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices di­rec­tor Mr Lot Si­a­tim­bula told The Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day that they had com­pleted wards 4-10 while wards 1, 2, 3 and 11 were still out­stand­ing.

He said the lo­cal author­ity was wor­ried about the rate of cov­er­age which stands at 54 per­cent.

“We started in the last week of Septem­ber in some ar­eas as we fast tracked the pro­gramme and we have cov­ered Wards 4-10 with wards 1,2,3 and 11 re­main­ing. At the mo­ment we are in Ward 3 and we hope to round up by De­cem­ber 31,” said Mr Si­a­tim­bula.

He said coun­cil in­tends to cover 90 per­cent of all prop­er­ties.

Last year 65 per­cent of prop­er­ties were cov­ered by the pro­gramme.

Res­i­dents last year blocked coun­cil teams from spray­ing their houses claim­ing the chem­i­cal-Dichlorodiphenyl­trichloroethane (DDT) that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was us­ing for in­door resid­ual spray­ing wasn’t ef­fec­tive as mos­quito’s wreaked havoc soon af­ter spray­ing.

This year coun­cil is us­ing a chem­i­cal called organophos­phate, Mr Si­a­tim­bula said. — @ ncubeleon.

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