Various stakeholders in Chilubi district ihave tasked the local authority to enact a by-law to stop the abuse of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) by people in the area.
During the formation of the District Malaria Task Force (D-MATF) on Thursday , the stakeholders noted that there was serious abuse of mosquito nets in the district which needed to be urgently addressed.
Chilubi District Commissioner Ernest Bwalya called for stiffer penalties for offenders, saying the mosquito nets being abused were procured at a high cost by the government.
Mr Bwalya said the programme to eliminate malaria by the year 2020 –being supported by the Programme for Advancement of Malaria Outcome (PAMO) is an ambitious undertaking that needed concerted efforts and stakeholder support to succeed.
He said malaria is a dangerous disease which is still the leading cause of deaths especially among pregnant women and young children in Chilubi.
Earlier, District Medical Officer Zoran Muhimba said government intended to implement various interventions with other partners tofight malaria in Chilubi district.
Dr. Muhimba stated that among the activities would be Indoor Residual Spraying,Mass Drug Administration, Sanitation and Environmental Management as well as sensitisation on the prevention of the killer disease in communities.
He said the Church, traditional leaders, media, financial institutions, and business community have all been encouraged to join the fight against the elimination of malaria in the next three years.
Council secretary John Mwanza was later elected as Chairperson of the District Malaria Task Force.