The Kabompo district health office has successfully managed to spray almost all the hard-to-reach areas of the district during the 2018 indoor residue spraying (IRS) malaria elimination programme.

Acting District Health Director Gregory Musonda said areas such as Dikolonga, Kayombo, Muhalabi, Nyela, Lunyiwe, Kalunga Kalwilo and Fwoloma have already been sprayed despite implementing the IRS programme in the rain season.

Mr. Musonda said this in Kabompo yesterday during the IRS 2018 district launch.

He said the IRS has shown results in areas where coverage was more than 95 percent.

He said cases of malaria have drastically reduced in Mbulundu, Chikonkwelo and Kalunga where over 95 percent of houses were sprayed.

Mr. Musonda said the IRS teams are determined to carry out the activity but needed support especially from government workers who have continued to refuse having their houses sprayed.

He further appealed to various stakeholders to show willingness to assist in any way possible to help attain a malaria free Zambia by 2021.

And speaking at the same event, Kabompo Acting District Commissioner Jameson Mapupu said although malaria is a preventable disease, it was still a leading cause of death in the district.

Mr. Mapupu said with strengthened curative measures, the deaths caused by malaria will be reduced.

He has since appealed to people in the district to support the implementation of the IRS by focusing on the national vision of having a malaria free Zambia.

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