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Successful malaria spraying exercise - Homabay

01 June 2012, 12:16 Oduor Omondi

The just concluded malaria spraying exercise in Homabay County has attained an impressive 86% success of its estimated target.

Out of the targeted 82,143 households which were to be sprayed in the 40 days exercise, 73,537 households successfully passed through the spray.

Despite this remarkable achievement by the Public Health Ministry, a growing concern is that a section of the locals refused to let their houses be sprayed.

According to Area District Public Health Officer, Joseph Bosire, the shortfall of 8,606 houses which were not sprayed during the exercise was as a result of the residents’ refusal for their houses to be sprayed.

Some residents went to the extent of literary chasing away officials from the ministry.

Bosire cited inaccessibility of some regions due to heavy downpours and impassable roads as some of the major challenges they faced during the exercise. He also said the some residents got misinformed about the entire exercise thereby hampering their efforts.

As a result of the spraying exercise, he said that Homabay County will experience a drastic reduction in malaria cases.

The Public Health Officer however commended the exercise, saying they surpassed the 80% target set by the government.

He further rebutted claims by some residents that the spraying exercise encouraged breeding of mosquitoes in their homes, saying that the drug was 99 % effective.

He said that though the spraying exercise had ended, the ministry expects to carry out more spraying exercises for the next four years till malaria is completely eradicated.

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