Mosquito spraying starts at Ongwediva

One case of malaria has been confirmed at Ongwediva and the town council has activated its residual indoor spraying campaign.

18 October 2021 | Health

TUYEIMO HAIDULA

ONGWEDIVA

The Ongwediva town council last week started with its indoor residual insecticide spraying campaign, targeting Extension 11, Extension 15 and New Reception after a malaria case was confirmed.

Council spokesperson Jackson Muma said even though only one case of malaria was confirmed in that area, other locations such as Extension 14, Efidi Extension Four, and Sky Phase One, Two and Three will also be covered.

Muma said the spraying campaign is carried out annually to prevent an outbreak of malaria in the town.

He said the spraying teams wear green overalls and are accompanied by a council vehicle at all times.

Residents should be careful not to grant unauthorised persons pretending to be council workers access to their homes.

Muma said indoors spraying is important to ensure protection from mosquito bites.

"Residents are expected to prepare their houses prior to the spraying, so as to avoid spillage of the chemicals on other items," he said.

Muma said all windows should be left open during the spraying process, and people can only return to a sprayed house after 30 minutes.

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