Oshakati gets boost in campaign against malaria

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Oshakati Town Council on Monday received a donation of ten spray pumps from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN)’s department of Diakonia Social Services, as well as chemicals from Sanlam that will be used to protect against malaria.

Sanlam donated 320 K-Othrine sachets, as well as 25 litres of Fendona, reportedly one of the most effective indoor residual sprays for protecting public health in regions where malaria is endemic. K-Othrine is an insecticide spray that protects against mosquitoes.

Receiving the donation, the chief executive officer of Oshakati Town Council, Werner Iita, said 1 500 households have already benefited from the indoor spraying campaign against malaria which started in November. “The programme started at Okandjengedi North, and we are now busy at Oneshila. From there we will proceed to Okandjengedi South, Evululuko, Oshakati East and West,” he said.

The partnership between ELCIN, Sanlam, and the Ministry of Health in the Oshana Region, as well as Oshakati Town Council, aims to reduce malaria infections and eventually eradicate the disease. Fifty aditional spray pumps were also donated to hospitals in the northern regions.

Speaking at the handover, health director in the Oshana Region Sakaria Taapopi said although there are still a number of cases reported yearly, the number of deaths from malaria has declined tremendously – from over 7 000 yearly to around 10 countrywide. He said in Oshana the highest number of malaria cases recorded this year was in March, when four cases were reported.

Abner Kalimbo, Sanlam branch manager at the town, said the insurance company believes the preservation of health and life should not be left to government alone: “Everyone should be involved and that is the reason we came on board to support the fight against malaria.”

To bolster the fight against malaria Oshakati Town Council has also distributed over 39 000 mosquito nets to residents in the informal settlements. “Over 39 000 residents of Oshakati are now sleeping under mosquito nets and are fully protected from mosquito bites,” said Iita.

Council is also busy treating bodies of water around the town to reduce mosquito breeding. “The following water bodies were treated and are being monitored: Oshakati East ponds, Oshakati West ponds, Sky Bridge and Eemwandi Bridge,” Iita said. He urged the public to make use of the mosquito nets as the rainy season approaches.

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