The Ministry of Health through the Mansa District Health Office will soon embark on the Anti-mosquito paint exercise study of selected households in Mansa District.
Mansa District Public Health Officer Steven Ngoyi who is also Malaria Focal Point Person says the exercise which will begin as a pilot project is a study in line with the Ministry of Health’s vision of eliminating malaria by 2012.
Disclosing the matter to ZANIS in Mansa today Mr Ngoyi says the Mansa District Health Office is targeting to cover 40 households for implementation and 40 households for control of Malaria
He says the Anti-Mosquito Paint study which is being sponsored by JICA in partnership with Kansai Paints is an intervention like the indoor Residual Spraying and the Insecticide Mosquito Nets (ITNs) distribution which is an effort to combating malaria in the district.
The Mansa District Public Health Officer says the anti-mosquito paint intervention is effective as the insecticide embodied on the paint lasts longer.
He revealed that Mansa District is among the five districts in the Country chosen to conduct the study and if proven to be working the program will eventually roll out to other districts.
Mr Ngoyi has since called on Mansa Residents to support the program for the programme to be successful.