The Indoor Residue Spraying (IRS) against malaria in Southern Province will commence early this month (October), acting provincial medical officer Kebby Musokotwane has said.
Dr Musokotwane said in an interview last week that Government was putting several beneficial measures to ensure people in the area were not affected by the malaria incidence.
“The provincial IRS will start next month (October) and we usually carry out this exercise towards the end of the year,” he said.
He said he was happy the province had continued to record a decline in the number of malaria cases as a result of enhanced spraying and constant distribution of treated mosquito nets.
Dr Musokotwane said Government was working hard to eradicate malaria which he described as a killer disease.
|Fast facts: Malaria|
|Amount of people at risk of malaria in the world||3.3 billion (half the world’s population)|
|Increased prevention and control measures have led to a reduction in malaria mortality rates since 2000||More than 25%|
|There are four parasite species that cause malaria in humans||Plasmodium falciparum
|Symptoms||Appear seven days or more (usually 10–15 days)
Fever, headache, chills and vomiting
If not treated within 24 hours, malaria can progress to severe illness often leading to death
“As a province, we have reduced cases of malaria and with concerted efforts we can completely clear the disease countrywide. Our province is the least affected while Kazungula District is the lowest,” he said.
He said Livingstone had been the most recent town where IRS was done because of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Dr Musokotwane said Livingstone district received treated mosquito nets for distribution from various cooperating partners such as the National Malaria Control Centre in Lusaka.
On the commissioning of the Choma new district hospital, he said the first and second phases of the project had been completed.
He said what was remaining was the stocking of equipment and that once it received the remaining facilities, the health institution would be opened.
Dr Musokotwane said Zesco was also currently testing the flow of current at the newly constructed hospital.
Date: 1 October 2013