Government says the fight to eliminate malaria by 2020 needs a holistic approach by all key players if the vision is to be achieved.
COPPERBELT Province Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga says that it is only through concerted efforts like Indoor Residue Spraying IRS is an important exercise as malaria has continued to claim many lives in the province thereby affecting the health and economic status of the district.
Mr Kamanga said malaria is curable and treatable hence the need to bring on board communities to actively join in the fight to eliminate the mosquito vector responsible for the transmission of the disease.
He said in a speech read on his behalf by Kitwe district commissioner Binwell Mpundu yesterday at an event to launch of the IRS held at Ubumi Bwesu Community school in Musonda Township, in Kitwe, today.
Government recognizes that fighting malaria is tasking for everyone hence the need to join in the fight and create awareness on the prevention of the disease, said the permanent secretary.
He appealed to the public to help the members of the health team as they spray their houses.
Speaking at the same event Kitwe District Health Director Dr George Mukupa called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders in fighting malaria.
Dr Mukupa said malaria is one of the major public concerns in the district and involvement of all stakeholders will be beneficial for all.
And David Moyo a resident of Musonda Township whose house was the first one to be sprayed encouraged the members of Musonda to support the campaign which he said will serve a lot of lives.
The indoor residual spraying campaign is a yearly exercise which is aimed at reducing the spread of malaria.
This year’s IRS campaign is been held under the theme ‘Malaria Free Zambia get your Homes sprayed’.