By Lackson Kanyoza
Chiradzulu District Hospital has reiterated its commitment to reduce malaria related deaths following the distribution of 213 638 Mosquito nets across the district.
The exercise started on Thursday last week and ended on Sunday has benefited a total population of 366 000 from more than 35 villages.
Speaking during the last day of the donation at Malowa primary school ground, CZ Hospital Malaria coordinator James Lusausyo said distributing the nets is a clear manifesto for the hospital of its contribution in the fight against malaria.
“Malaria is killing a lot of people not only here in Malawi but the whole Africa. In the past 4 years Chiradzulu hospital has so far registered an increase number of Malaria cases. This has been a worrisome development to us seeing people losing their lives. It has been discovered that a lot of people shun sleeping under the nets for different reasons. But as our manifesto to reduce malaria, we encourage people to sleep in the nets in order to combat this disease hence the exercise,” he said.
In his remarks, T/A Mchema has since urged the villagers to make good use of the mosquito nets.
“I have noted that some people who have received the nets today use it in wrong ways. Instead of sleeping under the nets you took advantage of it by shading your vegetable gardens. I have seen children catch fish using the nets, this should stop immediately. If you shun sleeping under the nets your are putting your life at risk of getting malaria, ” he explained.
He further said that he will punish those people who will be caught selling the nets.
“Others have a tendency of selling the nets. Let me warn you that if someone tries to sell the nets he will pay a fine or receive a stiff punishment,” Warned Mchema.
Janet Chisuse one of the beneficiaries hailed Chiradzulu hospital for the gesture calling it timely as mosquitoes increases during the rainy season.
The hospital has distributed the mosquito nets with financial support from Global Funding.
The nets are distributed after a period of three years. They last received the nets in 2013 except for pregnant women who gets them at the hospital.
Some of the villages that received the nets include Maoni, Namitambo, Mbulumbudzi, Chimwawa and many more.