Balaka, October 19, Mana: Balaka District Council in conjunction with World Vision International, on Monday launched the 2021 Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), with a call to communities to embrace the intervention.
Balaka, together with three other districts of Mangochi, Nkhatabay, and Nkhotatoka, is piloting the implementation of IRS intervention as one way of ending malaria.
Speaking during the launch, which started with a solidarity march from the District Commissioner’s Office to Balaka Stadium, Council Chairperson Councilor Patrick Botomani, called for communities to accept and embrace the interventions as it has proved to work following the Malaria cases trend this year.
“We are aware that up to now there are still some people who doubt the effectiveness of this intervention. Let me report to you that with Indoor Residual Spraying we have managed to reduce malaria cases by 23 percent.
“It is our aim and hope that we do more and better this year as we have incorporated different actors at district levels such as religious, traditional leaders, and politicians; all these to see the success of the intervention,” said Botomani.
On his part, Chief of Party for Global Funds Grants on Malaria and HIV at World Vision Biziweck Mwale said it is the hope of World Vision that by the end of the 36 days of the campaign they will protect 550 000 people from Malaria.
“We opted for IRS in Balaka and the other districts due to the high Malaria prevalence rate in these districts.
“Our hope is that once we register success in this campaign, the country can look at the results and decide whether it is possible to roll it out to the rest of the districts,” he said.
In an interview Traditional Authority (TA) Chanthunya who is the Chairperson of the Chiefs Council said they will always see to it that their subordinates accept the intervention.
“We always work hand in hand with the district council in this program. So far we have set by-laws, for instance, anyone denying spray operators access to their homes need to be summoned and fined,” he said.
It is expected that Balaka will use Fuodora Fusion which is said to be environmentally friendly, as it is odorless and does not leave any stains when applied.
The launch was held under the theme, End Malaria Now.