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Malaria: RCC of Lira launches Indoor Residual Spraying 

In December, malaria cases were estimated to have gone beyond 4,000 in Lira City.
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Last Updated on: 3rd March 2022, 11:54 pm

This exercise which started on February 28, 2022, is expected to end on March 26.

By Acipa Doreen


Lira – March 3, 2022: The Resident City Commissioner (RCC) of Lira City Lawrence Egole Wednesday, March 2, 2022, officially launched the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) exercise in Anai Ward, Lira City West Division.


Lango sub-region and Lira specifically have the highest number of Malaria cases recorded daily. The prevalence rate for Malaria infections in the City is “abnormally high” – according to the authorities.  


For example, in November 2021, there were over 4,500 persons diagnosed with Malaria. In December the number was estimated to have gone beyond 4,000.


In January 2022, malaria cases dropped to 2,000 in Lira City. With the IRS, it’s expected to drop in the subsequent months.


Last year, the Ministry of Health rolled out the IRS exercise in which residential houses were sprayed using Fludora fusion chemicals whose active ingredients are Deltamethrine and Clothianidin. 


The exercise’s major aim is to maim all the female anopheles mosquitoes inside the houses.  


Lira City, with a population of over 276,000 people will have over 81,000 houses sprayed in the ongoing exercise. 


According to Lawrence Egole, the decision to launch the IRS exercise in Anai Ward was because “Anai Ward is one of the densely populated areas” within Lira City.


Secondly, he said Anai is also famous for resisting some critical government programmes. 


“But this time around, we decided to carry and demonstrate the exercise in their backyards. We are happy this time around with the involvement of various stakeholders, the community has demonstrated positive reception to this particular exercise,” Egole said. 


Egole has appealed to the various communities and households to fully cooperate with the health workers by opening up their houses so that the exercise is complete within four weeks as scheduled.


“I expect everyone to leave their houses open to allow the health team to carry out the Indoor Residual Spraying,” Egole said Wednesday.  


This exercise which started on February 28, 2022, is expected to end on March 26.


By the end of the exercise, the spraying coverage is estimated to be at 99%.

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