State acts to address Luano malaria

THE Ministry of Health is expected to spray 9,000 households in Luano district during the indoor residue spraying campaign to address the problem of malaria.
Acting Luano district health director Haachile Moonga said the number of targeted households has gone up because of increased cases of malaria in the region.
Dr Moonga said last year, Luano recorded a high number of cases of malaria in Central Province and the Ministry of Health is scaling up preventive measures.
“We have engaged 25 spray operators for this exercise. We have decided to carry out a sensitisation programme so that people are aware of how to prevent malaria,” Dr Moonga said.
Dr Moonga said Twikatane, Coppermine, Kampelembe, Chikupili and Old Mkushi are the targeted areas.
He said Luano has also recorded outbreaks of dysentery because people have challenges in accessing clean and safe drinking water.
He said the district has received 2,000 bottles of chlorine which would be distributed to communities. Another consignment of more than 680 bottles will also be provided.
Dr Moonga said people are also being sensitised on the importance of boiling drinking water or adding chlorine.
Meanwhile, Luano has received 17 health personnel specialised in different fields.
Dr Moonga said the deployment of the new health workers has boosted the human resource in the health sector in Luano.
He said this development will help in the provision of healthcare services to the people.

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