Government says the distribution of 50,000 insecticide treated nets (ITNs) in Namwala district of Southern province has significantly reduced the rate of malarial cases.
And Namwala District Commissioner, Eunice Nawa, has warned people against using mosquito nets to catch fish instead of using them to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
Officiating at the World Malaria Day, whose theme is “Malaria, a disease without borders”, Ms. Nawa, told the gathering to use the distributed mosquito nets for the intended purposes.
Ms. Nawa said it was therefore important for the community in the district to fully support government’s efforts to eradicate malaria countrywide.
“Malaria is a disease which affects us all in our society. This means that we need to work together in order to eliminate the suffering brought about by malaria in our community,” she said.
She said some members of the public were using the ITNs as fishing nets, which she said was total misuse of the mosquito nets.
“Of late I have received many reports of people using the ITNs to catch fish which is a very sad development indeed,” she said.
Ms. Nawa since ordered the fisheries department to bring to book all those using mosquito nets for catching fish.
She said government attached great importance to the elimination of malaria in the country and thus has put malaria programmes among its top priorities.
“The onus is on us to fully support these programmes put in pace by government,” she added.