15 May 2007

PNG's Eastern Highlands launches new effort to kill mosquitoes

10:13 am on 15 May 2007

The provincial administration in Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands has begun spraying DDT to kill malaria spreading mosquitoes in a part of the region.

A recent malaria outbreak has claimed at least ten lives and hundreds of others are infected in a part of the Lufa district.

The director of health services for the provincial government, Ben Haili, says this week they are starting an exercise to contain the spread using DDT as well as issuing several thousand sleeping nets to families.

Mr Haili says concerns the villagers had about DDT being used eased after they conducted an awareness exercise.

"Because they also saw that malaria is an epidemic in the area. They are now accepting us moving in to conduct DDT spraying. Not so much anywhere else except in their houses - the structures."

Mr Haili says if mosquitoes then land on the sprayed area they die.