More buyers ought to go for new mosquito insecticide to save lives

05Dec 2017
The Guardian
More buyers ought to go for new mosquito insecticide to save lives

THE government has been advised to supplement district and municipal council budgets, to enable them buy biolarvacides, the latest and effective to deal with malaria– before it occurs.

Indeed the government could save a lot of money currently spent on battling malaria, if the councils were empowered to buy biolarvacides that kill mosquito larvae instead.We are citing lack of political will as a spoiler, noting that so much money was spent on buying medicines and nets, while the problem could be tackled more effectively by destroying mosquito larvae breeding grounds.It’s on records the only Geita and Mbogwe district councils had bought biolarvacides in compliance with a government circular channeled through the regional administration and local government authorities last year.As the saying goes ‘charity begins at home’ maxim was undermined, noting that the company, which is capable of producing more than 60 million litres a year, had exported 92,000 litres to Niger.

Recently the factory received an international order of 100,000 litres from Sri Lanka and the other 5,000 from Serbia.

We are also told that production has increased to 300,000 litres and 14 regions have placed orders whereby 200,000 litres have been sold in a local market.

 We also commend the charity Doctors Without Borders that had since started using biolarvacide products in refugee camps.We are told that the products had proved to be highly effective, environment- friendly and easy to apply.Besides controlling malaria, they were also effective in tackling viral infections like dengue, yellow fever and Nile fever.

Residual malaria remains a critical health threat in Tanzania and elsewhere, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Medical experts now demand much better tools and strategies for tackling the disease, which is the most prolific killer in our country.

Acquisition of better medical tools is likely to point to a clearer understanding of the magnitude of the problem of residual transmission by exploring and evaluating the current knowledge on vector biology and malaria transmission.

At the moment, tremendous effort is underway and large investments in funds and scientific knowledge by a number of partners. The upshot is near-complete control of the malaria vector. The lives of Tanzanians must be saved.

In Tanzania, approximately 80 per cent of malaria deaths occur among children below five years of age and pregnant women. A recent national survey found that 18 per cent of children have malaria parasites.

This, indeed, is a worrisome situation. Despite the vigorous government efforts to wipe out the scourge wrought by the prevalence of malaria, it has been determined that the killer disease is spreading alarmingly in some parts of Tanzania, including Dar es Salaam.

The malarial infection rate this year has reached 14.8 per cent nationally compared to 10 per cent in the year 2012.

This is an appalling situation that calls for special attention to combat the disease, which is now endemic in the three regions. Unfortunately, this year the malaria infection rate has started to increase intolerably nationwide.

Researchers at Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) have called for complementary control approaches to eliminate malaria, after learning that the remaining burden of the disease is now carried mostly by just one major mosquito species.

At the international level, the World Health Organisation says that hopes of eliminating malaria from more than 30 countries with a total population of two billion people have risen following the successful removal of the disease from Sri Lanka.

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