Government has rolled out new duo chemical mosquito nets to be distributed in areas where mosquitoes have become resistant to the previous types of treated nets.
Dr Jimmy Opigo, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of the National Malaria Control Program said that the new mosquito nets have a stronger ability to keep mosquitoes at bay.
He explained that in order to eliminate malaria, the World Health Organization has set strategies and employed measures to have a malaria-free environment by 2030.
“WHO has designed technologies; like some of the nets we are going to distribute are new types of nets, which can manage in areas where the mosquitoes are resistant. They have developed more chemicals; better medicines and they have set up more funding,” he said.
Opigo added thus, “technology has led to the making of nets which are more efficient. There are certain areas where mosquitoes have developed resistance to pyrethroids. So, where we know there is resistance, we are giving out these nets which can manage. Also, we are giving only soft and white nets. People used to complain about the rough nets.”
He highlighted that just like ARVs and Coartem which are composed of a combination of different medicines, the new nets are a combination of 2 chemicals too.
“The new nets are a combination of 2 chemicals because when you are fighting organisms, they develop resistance on one side and therefore you need to attack them from different places. If you have 2 chemicals attacking them, they cannot bypass the reactions. So, in the new nets, there is either a catalyst or duo chemicals,” he said.
With the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic that has stretched the health sector, Dr Opigo revealed that the distribution of mosquito nets will reduce the pressure and burden that health workers are already carrying while managing covid-19 patients.
“We want to relieve the health workers from diseases we can manage. The fact is that in February, there will be a lot of covid-19. The health system will be strained. We need to reserve the health workers for that, but not for things we can prevent,” Dr. Opigo explained.
“Once malaria is not treated well and it gets to the severe stage, people will need to be admitted yet we know hat hospital beds need to be reserved for covid-19 patients,” he added.