Malaria spray exercise commences at Oshakati

28 Oct 2013 17:40pm
OSHAKATI, 28 OCT (NAMPA) – Two teams from the Ministry of Health and Social Services started a malaria spraying campaign for the northern town of Oshakati on Monday.
Spokesperson of the Oshakati Town Council, Jackson Muma told Nampa on Monday morning that each of the spraying teams consists of 10 members.
The spraying teams started with their campaign at Oshakati West and will continue to Oshakati East before proceeding to the town’s several informal settlements.
The spraying exercise is a result of the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ indication that Malaria cases are increasing in urban areas compared to rural areas where the spray is an annual programme.
The sister northern towns of Ongwediva and Ondangwa have also embarked on a Malaria spray exercise as from last week.
A chemical referred to as K Othrine will be used during the spraying campaign.
Muma said the K Othrine is a World Health Organisation (WHO)-recommended chemical for Malaria vector control and has no side effects.
“It does not have colour and does not make runoffs to spoil the sprayed surface,” he said.
Muma pointed out that the whole of Oshakati will be sprayed before the campaign comes to an end on 30 November 2013.