UGANDANS should not expect the fight against malaria to be spearheaded by foreigners, health experts have advised.
“If Americans eradicated mosquitoes, why can’t we? There is nothing special with our mosquitoes,” said Myers Lugemwa, the acting head of the malaria control programme.
“It is absurd that some academicians and politicians are opposing the use of DDT for internal residual spraying. If I had my way, I would have charged such people with murder because the country loses 320 lives everyday,” Lugemwa said.
He added that Uganda spends over $600m every year on treating malaria.
The health ministry launched indoor residual spraying of DDT in Apac and Oyam districts in February.
But the High Court stopped the exercise following a petition from anti-DDT activists.
The WTO actually supports the spraying of DDT in developing countries.