New Form of DDT to Fight Malaria

Fred Ouma | 22 Nov 2023
"We are not using an aerosol or oil form that spreads out. It is a special type that sticks firmly on walls. The dosages to be used are absolutely limited. Even if you spray for 10 years, you cannot exceed the minimum residual limits required by the european commission," Dr. John Bosco Rwakimari said.

Rwakimari, the Malaria Control Programme manager, was on Monday addressing an inter-ministerial and stakeholders meeting on DDT in Kampala.

The meeting aimed at harmonising stakeholders' position on indoor residual spraying of DDT.

Rwakimari said the chemical, now sanctioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO), would be used in small dosages of two grams for every square metre.

Citing successful IRS pilot studies in Kabale, the health minister, Dr. Stephen Mallinga, said they had the necessary structures for the safe use of the insecticide.

He attributed the high cases of malaria to insufficient actions such as the use of mosquito nets, saying they cannot break the malaria transmission cycle.

Dr. Mike Okia, a senior entomologist, said DDT would be imported in double-cover sachets with an outer cover used for accountability.

He said the health ministry was responsible for the procurement, transportation, storage and use of DDT in accordance with the WHO and Stockholm Convention guidelines.

The director general for health services, Dr. Sam Zaramba, warned that stringent measures would be taken against people found with DDT.

State minister for primary healthcare Dr. Emmanuel Otaala said people opposed to the use of DDT should be prosecuted;=view&id;=459&Itemid;=66&PHPSESSID;=c40365c733a83be4fe3dd1c2caee6eb5