Malaria Spraying Begins

21 Oct 2009
Herald (Harare)
Harare — Government has started its annual national malaria spraying programme to curb the breeding of mosquito parasites ahead of the onset of the rains.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Secretary for Health and Child Welfare Dr Gerald Gwinji said so far spraying was underway in Mbire, Rushinga and Centenary districts, which were traditionally malaria-prone areas.

"The malaria season has approached and we have since started spraying traditional malaria areas," Dr Gwinji said.

He said Government, with assistance of its partners, expected to cover most parts of the country before the rains started.

"The timing of this intervention is vital as it will cover a large portion of the population just in time for the season of highest malaria transmittance.

"We have some districts that become impassible once rains commence because of floods, making spraying impossible," he said. Areas that usually become impassable include Hwange, Gokwe, Binga and Kariba.

Malaria cases in the country begin to rise in February and peak in April and May.

In Zimbabwe, malaria is ranked the second largest killer after HIV and Aids.