IRS to start soon: PEDCO

Matebeleland North provincial Epidemiology and Disease Control officer, Dr Efison Dhodho, said Indoor Residual Spraying would start soon in an effort to kill malaria carrying mosquitoes before their breeding stage.

Dr Dhodho said teams would be dispatched to designated areas as soon as funds from the donors to secure the needed chemicals were in.

“Our teams are ready and we are waiting for funds from donors which will be used to source the chemicals needed for spraying before the start of the rainy season,” he said.

IRS is the application of long lasting insecticides on the walls and roofs of houses and domestic animal shelters in order to kill malaria carrying mosquitoes that land on these surfaces. The most effective insecticide is DDT.

Though it is said to be very dangerous to human life and the environment, scientific and programmatic evidence on the use of the drug has proven that there is no health risk when it is used properly.

Medical experts also said it plays a major role in the fight against malaria, as it reduces the disease by 90 per cent.

Dr Dhodho also said their highly trained team will make sure that the insecticide was used as recommended.

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