Allow spraying teams in your houses: Haufiku

30 Sep 2017 14:20pm
RUNDU, 30 SEP (NAMPA) – Minister of Health and Social Services, Bernard Haufiku has called on residents in Kavango West Region not to prevent malaria spraying teams from entering their houses.
Haufiku made the plea at the launch of the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) campaign at Nkurenkuru on Thursday.
“It is only when you cooperate with them will their work be made relatively easy and your lives saved from malaria,” Haufiku said.
The minister explained that this year’s IRS campaign started on the 18 September and will last for a period of two months and fifteen days.
The campaign is targeted at protecting all populations at risk of malaria such as the children under the age of five, the elderly and pregnant women by reducing the rate of malaria infections through the vector population reduction of mosquitoes.
IRS will be implemented in nine out of 14 regions which are, Kavango East, Kavango West, Oshana, Oshikoto, Kunene, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Ohangwena and Omusati regions.
Haufiku said many of the spray team members are known to the public as they have been doing this for years.
The teams he said had a difficult situation in April this year where a man in Walvis Bay threatened to divorce his wife if she allowed the spray team to spray their house.
“We had to engage in lengthy telephonic negotiations with the man who was a security officer to allow us to enter his home in the Kavango West Region,” he stressed.
The minister said he was later informed by a doctor who was leading the spray team that all four members of that family tested positive for malaria.
Individuals, families and communities must therefore take good care of their own health.
Most importantly, Haufiku asked residents to prevent ill health by avoiding mosquito bites and following advice given by healthcare professionals such as staying indoors after sunset.
“Wear long sleeved shirts, long trousers or skirts if you are outside at dawn. Do not sit [near] standing water ponds where mosquitos breed and use mosquito nets and repellents,” he further advised.