Rufunsa District Commissioner Judith Chama has commended government for its continued efforts to fight malaria in the country.

Mrs. Chama said malaria was a disease of public health importance in the country as it tops the list of the five major causes of morbidity and mortality in all ages.

She said government’s intervention in fighting malaria must therefore be supported by all.

She was speaking during the launch of the 2018 indoor residue spraying (IRS) at Lubalashi in chief Shikabeta’s chiefdom yesterday.

The Rufunsa 2018 IRS is being carried out under the theme, ‘Getting to a malaria free Zambia: Have your house sprayed and eliminate malaria’.

Mrs. Chama said the malaria prevention, control and management strategies that government has taken have since started yielding positive results in Rufunsa.

She said the IRS programme was initiated to supplement the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to fight malaria.

Mrs. Chama said the mitigation strategies that government has put in place to control malaria include vector control using indoor residual spraying, use of treated mosquito nets, control in pregnant women and the use of effective diagnostics and life serving drugs in health centres.

She observed that these strategies have helped reduce the spread of malaria in the district.

She has since urged all households to support government efforts in the fight against malaria.

Mrs. Chama said everyone must cooperating with spray operators who are implementing the programme.

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