IRSP helping to reduce malaria in Oshana Region

26 Sep 2017 14:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 26 SEP (NAMPA) - The Indoor Residual Spraying Programme (IRSP) has proven effective in the controlling of malaria in Ongwediva as the number of cases reported in the town has decreased in recent years.
Speaking to Nampa about the programme on Monday, Ongwediva Town Council Corporate Communications Officer Jackson Muma said the council covers a different part of the town every year.
“This programme has proven to be very effective because after it is carried out in a specific part of town, no malaria cases are reported in that area, which means it is working,” Muma said.
This year, it is being carried out in areas such as New Reception, Sky Location, Mandume, M’kwanambwa, Efidi Proper, Prestige and Elyamabala Extension 16 and will run from 02 October to 15 November 2017.
“The aim of the spraying programme is to eliminate malaria in Ongwediva,” the spokesperson said.
The team from the council who will be conducting the programme will be identifiable as they will wear overalls and carry cards identifying them as working for the programme.
Muma said residents should not let people who claim to be from the programme but who do not have the required identification, into their homes.
“Residents also have the responsibility to cooperate with the officials who will be conducting the house-to-house spraying in order to ensure that all rooms are sprayed,” he said.
A similar programme is currently underway in Oshakati and has also in the past contributed greatly to the reduction of malaria cases, according to the town’s spokesperson, Katarina Kamari.
The programme in Oshakati is expected to end on 30 November.
Residents have further been urged to continue taking the necessary precautions to prevent the transmission of malaria such as using mosquito nets and not leaving water to become stagnant as that is where mosquitoes breed.