LUSAKA residents have urged Lusaka City Council public health department to expedite the indoor spraying programme especially in Garden and Kaunda Square Stage1 compounds where residents cannot sleep because of swarms of mosquitoes emerging from sewer ponds in the area.
Maltida Mwanza, a Kaunda Square Stage 1, resident said the area was infested with mosquitoes and cases of malaria were on the increase.
She said Chamba Valley, Mutumbi settlement area and part of Kaunda Square Stage 2 were vulnerable to the deadly fly.
Ms Mwanza appealed to the LCC public health department to expedite the indoor spraying programme especially that the rainy season was approaching.
Emmanuel Ngulube, a Garden compound resident, said Garden was the worst affected due to open ponds and the vegetation in the area.
He said for the indoor residual house spraying (IRS) to be effective, at least 80 percent of homes in the area must be sprayed and hoped that residents will not refuse because the effectiveness of the whole programme would be jeopardized.
Lisa Kangwa of Luangwa compound added that mosquitoes were everywhere in Lusaka and questioned how malaria cases had been dropping when the province was prone to the vector.
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.
“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 disclosed that between 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 explained that Bombay 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.