The Ministry of Health has sprayed over 23,000 structures under the Indoor Residue Spraying (IRS) exercise as part of the Malaria prevention programme in Chasefu district in Eastern Province.
District Health Director, Musamba Muyinda says a total of 23, 478 structures equivalent to 95% in the exercise have been sprayed to date.
Dr. Muyinda told ZANIS in an interview today that this is out of the estimated target of 24, 605 structures situated in 137 locations in the district.
He explained that though the daily target of 885 structures to be sprayed has been fluctuating, the response of people acquiring the services is overwhelming.
The medical expert said he was optimistic that with three days remaining before the exercise could come to an end, the 5 remaining locations with a total of 1, 425 structures will be captured.
Dr. Muyinda disclosed that it is government’s goal to eliminate malaria by 2021 through measures that have been put in place such as IRS which he said is one of the effective ways, as the chemical used last longer.
And Dr. Muyinda has dispelled false-hoods by some individuals that the chemical which is being used to spray houses is harmful to human life and attracts bed-bags.
He has since advised people in locations that have not reached to ensure that they get their structures sprayed when spray operators visit their areas.