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Indoor Residual Spraying Effective to Control Malaria

By Mary Makhiringa

Mangochi, October 17, Mana: Malaria Control Programme Manager, Dr. Michael Kayange has said Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is an effective way of Malaria control if properly done.

He said this Saturday at the end of a seven day trainer of trainer’s workshop in Mangochi in which Site Managers, Sprayer Operator Supervisors and Cluster Supervisors were drawn to be drilled in the whole process of IRS.

Kayange said workers should strive at giving the best outcome as he described IRS as expensive.

He said that, “As a country, we are losing 180 people per month due to Malaria, this is a clear indication that this diseases is harmful and it needs a prompt action.

“IRS has proven to be effective as Malaria cases in the three districts which have adopted the program have been reduced, just an example, Mangochi started the program last year and reports show that Malaria cases have been reduced by 60 percent,” the Manager said.

He called upon all seasonal workers to work to the best of their abilities for a positive result.

“This programme is expensive, we are spending K2.2 Billion in Balaka and this is donor money which needs to be accounted for by giving a better result so that donors are encouraged to fund the program again in the years coming,” Kayange stated.

He added,” We have learnt from the other districts for the past years, do not leave out any structures unsprayed because they are in hard to reach area, make sure that supervisors always accompany the team to the field.

“Know that you will be responsible to spray all dwelling structures, we noted that people used to shun big structures or they could go in and do substandard work, and this increased the resistance of mosquitoes which is bad to the owners of the houses.”

The Manger called upon all to be vigilant and avoid selling of the insecticides.

On his part, District Commissioner for Balaka Dr. McCloud Kadammanja concurred with Kayange saying workers should be exemplary when they go to the field.

He said:” Be on the look for people who would want to frustrate the program, these may be some of your friends who applied but were dropped because they did not meet the standards.”

One of the participants, John Mawaya who is a Cluster Manager described the training as unique and applauded the organizers of whole programme for a well planned programme.

” I feel this programme is well planned as supervisors are within us, we have seen programmes where supervisors come from the headquarters which most of the times does not work, we have all seen our strength and weakness and together we will work to perfect each other,” he said.

Balaka is joining three other districts of Mangochi, Nkhatabay and Nkhotakota who already started the IRS programme.

Reports indicate that Balaka registered 2,368 under five and 5,833 over five malaria cases ever month on average during off season, and the figures double during the rainy season.

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