Vic Falls wages war against mosquitoes

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

VIC­TO­RIA Falls Mu­nic­i­pal­ity on Wed­nes­day started aerial out­door spray­ing of mosquitoes around homes and ho­tels among other struc­tures.

Coun­cil’s Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices direc­tor Mr Lot Si­a­tim­bula said the fog­ging and lar­vi­cid­ing method, which in­volves shoot­ing a cloud or chem­i­cal in to the air, was be­ing used.

Fog­ging is the ap­pli­ca­tion of an in­sec­ti­cide to an area to re­duce the pro­lif­er­a­tion of adult mos­quito pop­u­la­tions.

Lar­vi­cid­ing is the ac­tion taken to de­stroy mos­quito lar­vae in stag­nant wa­ter be­fore lar­vae de­vel­ops into adult mosquitoes that may be a pub­lic health threat.

Mr Si­a­tim­bula, who is the act­ing Town Clerk, told coun­cil­lors in a full coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day evening that the process will be un­der­taken over three days, be­tween 6PM and 8PM.

“Coun­cil will un­der­take fog­ging from Wed­nes­day 30 Novem­ber to De­cem­ber 2. Res­i­dents are ad­vised to close win­dows to their premises be­tween 6PM and 8PM to al­low for the process to go on,” said Mr Si­a­tim­bula.

Coun­cil so­cial me­dia res­i­dents.

In an interview, Mr Si­a­tim­bula said they are start­ing with wards 9 and 10 which are tran­sit zones for mosquitoes as they are near sewer ponds.

“We are start­ing around ward 9 and 10 which are bound by sewer ponds,” he said adding that they will be us­ing a fog­ging ma­chine mounted on a pick-up truck to shoot the chem­i­cal in the form of fog or mist into the air.

The out­door spray­ing comes at a time when coun­cil is doing a mop up ex­er­cise of the in­door mos­quito spray­ing which started more than two months ago.

Mr Si­a­tim­bula said in some ar­eas es­pe­cially in wards 9, 10, 11and 12, there was no co-op­er­a­tion from us ed to spread mes­sages to res­i­dents on the pro­gramme. The coun­cil’s mos­quito spray­ing pro­gramme has been met with mixed feel­ings with some res­i­dents say­ing it was not ef­fec­tive as they were still hav­ing chal­lenges with the in­sects even af­ter spray­ing. Yes­ter­day some res­i­dents took to so­cial me­dia to de­cam­paign the process say­ing they will not al­low their sur­round­ings to be sprayed. Coun­cil in­ten­si­fied mos­quito spray­ing af­ter ho­tel op­er­a­tors com­plained that the in­sects were caus­ing havoc and scar­ing away tourists from the coun­try’s prime desti­na­tion. The coun­cil in­tends to cover 90 per­cent of all prop­er­ties in the in­door resid­ual spray­ing pro­gramme. Last year 65 per­cent of prop­er­ties were cov­ered. Some res­i­dents last year blocked coun­cil teams from spray­ing their houses claim­ing the chem­i­calDichlorodiphenyl­trichloroethane (DDT) that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was us­ing for in­door resid­ual spray­ing wasn’t ef­fec­tive as mos­quito’s wreaked havoc soon af­ter the ex­er­cise. This year coun­cil is us­ing a chem­i­cal called organophos­phate, Mr Si­a­tim­bula said. @ncubeleon.

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