Govt’s in­door resid­ual spray­ing over 50pc com­plete

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Central & West News - Man­i­ca­land Cor­re­spon­dent

IN­DOOR resid­ual spray­ing (IRS) pro­gramme to elim­i­nate mosquitoes and re­duce malaria-re­lated deaths is now more than 50 per­cent com­plete in Man­i­ca­land’s seven dis­tricts, an of­fi­cial has con­firmed.

Pro­vin­cial epi­demi­ol­ogy and dis­eases con­trol of­fi­cer in the Min­istry of Health and Child Care Dr Mun­yaradzi Mukuzunga told The Her­ald that they were us­ing a chem­i­cal ro­ta­tion method in this year’s IRS pro­gramme.

He said they were us­ing Dichlorodiphenyl­trichloroethane (DDT) in six dis­tricts and organophos­phates in Buhera Dis­trict.

“This year we are us­ing the chem­i­cal ro­ta­tion method, where we al­ter­nate the two in­sec­ti­cides to pre­vent re­sis­tance,” said Dr Mukuzunga.

“Dis­tricts such as Mu­tasa, Mutare, Nyanga and Chi­man­i­mani dis­tricts where organophos­phates have been used will this year use DDT to­gether with Chipinge and Makoni.

“Buhera, which had been us­ing DDT for the past four years, will be chang­ing to organophos­phates.”

Dr Mukuzunga said their teams were work­ing in three clus­ters across the prov­ince and were tar­get­ing to fin­ish work in areas with dif­fi­cult ter­rain be­fore the on­set of the rains.

“The first clus­ter com­prises Chipinge, Makoni and Buhera, the sec­ond Chi­man­i­mani and Mutare while the third has Nyanga and Mu­tasa,” he said.

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