District Environmental Health Officer for Blantyre, Penjani Chunda said his office is looking at a total of 860,261 mosquito nets to be distributed to 303,261 households which cover a population of over 1.5 million.
“We have earmarked our target population and the distribution of these treated mosquito nets will begin in September and each household will receive mosquito nets and one net will cater for two people and a maximum of 4 mosquito nets per household,” explained Chunda.
Chunda said the DHO’s office has recruited people who will be involved in the exercise which will include registration and distribution of the mosquito nets adding that the registration is currently underway.
He however called on people to utilize the mosquito nets for its intended purpose, decrying the tendency of using the nets for other purposes. He added that community leaders have been engaged to sensitize their subjects on the importance of using these treated mosquito nets.
“When we see people using these nets for other purposes than what they were intended for, as an office, we feel that we have failed to reach our objectives therefore let us make sure that we utilize them so as to avoid malaria which is a killer disease,” said Chunga.
Global Fund Malaria Initiative has funded the project to the tune of K103 million and it is being implemented by the Malawi Government through Malaria Control Program.