THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has started indoor residual spraying exercise in an effort to control the increased swarms of mosquitoes in the city.
In a statement to the Daily Nation, Lusaka town clerk Alex Mwansa said the exercise to control the increased number of mosquitoes in the city was being conducted in collaboration with the Lusaka District Health Office and Trade Kings Zambia Limited.
Mr Mwansa disclosed that various activities aimed at controlling mosquitoes in the city were being implemented because of the apparent increase in mosquitoes.
“LCC has started the indoor residual spraying exercise in an effort to control the increase of mosquitoes in the city. The exercise is being conducted in collaboration with the Lusaka District Health Office and Trade Kings Zambia Limited. In view of the apparent increase in mosquitoes in Lusaka City, various activities aimed at controlling these vectors are being implemented,” he said.
Mr Mwansa pointed out that the indoor residential spraying exercise included indoor residual spraying, application of larvacides in ponds and slow-flowing streams and drains.
He said that the council in partnership with the District Health Office would only undertake indoor residual spraying activities in selected communities in the city.
Mr Mwansa disclosed that between the period February and May this year, a total of 61, 261 structures were sprayed, affecting an estimated 281, 086 residents in six communities across the city.
He thanked Trade Kings, a manufacturing company in Lusaka, for donating larvacide chemicals and providing other logistics such as personal protective equipment.
The town clerk revealed that the spraying exercise had already started in Mandevu and Matero constituencies of Lusaka.
“In terms of environmental management, the council has an on-going programme of clearing streams and drains in the city. This is intended to ensure that the flow of water from water bodies is increased, hence making it difficult for mosquitoes to breed,” he said.
And Mr Mwansa said that residents should be aware that the Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) project supported by the Millennium Challenge Account Zambia (MCAZ) was the one rehabilitating the Bombay drainage that runs from Kamwala up to Mazyopa compound.
He explained that the drainage would not only result in reduced flooding in the city, but that it would also eliminate the mosquito breeding habitats through the removal of vegetation along the drain.