Preparations for the annual malaria prevention programme have intensified, with government availing 250 000 nets for the project.
With just some few weeks left before the onset of the rainy season, government has adopted the use of insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying as the most effective way to reduce malaria.
In an interview with ZBC News, the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Henry Madzorera said prevention of malaria transmission measures are already underway in all the 47 malaria-prone districts and a quarter of a million nets have already been distributed in Manicaland Province.
â€œWe have intensified the indoor residual spraying programmes where we are using DDT. So far, we have also distributed 250 000 mosquito nets in Manicaland Province and we expect to distribute 1,5 million nets in all the 47 malaria-prone areas.
â€œMedication to treat malaria cases has also been purchased as we prepare for the rainy season, but as always we are carrying out campaigns in malaria-prone areas to educate people that prevention is better than treatment,â€ said Dr Madzorera.
Indoor residual spraying, which is the application of small amounts of insecticide to the interior walls of a house with the aim of killing or repelling malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, has proven to be a highly effective malaria prevention strategy that saves lives.
Insecticide-treated mosquito nets are another effective method used in the country to prevent malaria which is one of the biggest killers of children under five years.