Homa Bay County Executive Member for Health services, Prof. Richard Muga this morning flagged off the third and final phase of Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) exercise aimed at cutting down malaria transmission cycle.
The twenty-four day exercise will be conducted by trained operators and targets 218,000 structures that will be sprayed across the county.
Speaking during the event, Professor Muga said that the exercise, which is a partnership between the County Government of Homa Bay and USAID, would cost Ksh 412 Million. He implored all residents to cooperate with the operators whenever they visit their homes.
Prof. Muga assured the public that there should be no cause for alarm as quality tests that have been carried out on the insecticide indicate that it is not harmful to human life.
A Director at the Kenya Malaria Control Program Dr. Ishmael Abbey said Malaria prevalence rate in the County that stands at 27% could only be reduced when necessary interventions like indoor residual spraying are undertaken.
Homa Bay County Director for Preventive and Promotive Health Services Dr. Adel Ottoman said in spite of the Indoor Residual Spray, the County Government has put in place other measures like insecticidal Treated Nets, Vaccinations among others to ensure that Malaria Prevalence rate reduces in the County.
He said that the Department carry out Malaria Indicator Survey to determine the prevalence and impact of IRS by end of June.