Lack of sports equipment in Gwembe district is forcing youths to use insecticide treated mosquito nets as goal post nets.
This came to light during the District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) stakeholders meeting yesterday.
In the report presented by the social sector under health department, it was heard that freely distributed insecticide treated mosquito nets to Gwembe community as a malaria control measure, are now being used as sports equipment by some sports youth groups in the district.
The health department has described the trend as a health concern as mosquito nets are not serving the core purpose of preventing malarial cases in the district.
It was further heard that in areas along Lake Kariba, mosquito nets are being used as fishing nets.
Presenting the report however, Dr. Mwiinde observed that there has been a reduction in use of mosquito nets for catching fish following the awareness campaign that the health department had been conducting.
Dr. Mwiinde said that there is need for traditional leaders to be brought on board to help sensitise communities on the proper use of insecticide treated mosquito nets.