Incidences of malaria cases in Limulunga district in western Province have significantly reduced.
District Health Director Mattias Msimuko says the reduction can be attributed to combined interventions the office was executing, one being the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS).
Mr Msimuko said Malaria is one of the public health concerns thus the urgency of dealing with it with concerted efforts with partners for more effective results.
ZANIS reports that Mr Msimuko stressed that the IRS coupled with other interventions is no doubt effective as seen from the results.
The Health Director thus applauded residents in rural areas for their support and acceptance of the IRS, however, he noted that the spraying operators faced refusal from people in the catchment areas due to negative misconceptions.
Mr Msimuko said the office will next week launch the 2019 spraying season with the target of spraying 12,200 structures in 13 health facilities.
And District Health Information Officer Mubiana Mubiana says in 2018 malaria was the second cause of morbidity in the district after respiratory infection but that it is no-longer the case.
Meanwhile, District Malaria Focal Point Person Vincent Siaziyu said from the 13,200 households targeted in the 2018 spraying season, the office sprayed 10,500 household scoring 70 percent due to shortfall of chemicals.
Mr Siaziyu said the team will in the initial stage target Sitoya, Mwanawina, Iloke and Nangili which record high incidences of malaria in the Lwena basin.
He explained that the office has been active in continuing the targeted distribution of long lasting insecticide Treated Mosquito Nests (ITNS) and prescription of fansidar to expectant mothers.
IRS involves the application of a pre-determined amount of insecticide with residual effect on the inside surfaces of the walls, ceilings and roof and government has extended the programme to rural areas for greater impact.