FEWS STEPS HOMEOWNERS AND COMMERCIAL FACILITIES CAN ADOPT TO PREVENT MALARIA

When you are living in a tropical country like Nigeria, getting a mosquito-free home is a dream. Poor sanitation and environmental management is also largely responsible for this menace.

 

Yesterday, 1st of May, 2023 at about 1:30 p.m. in my capacity of as a Managing Director of Rotimax Integrated Services Limited and the provost of Rotimax Pest Control Training Academy, I had the privilege of being on traffic radio to dissect the current state of malaria in Nigeria, raise more awareness and proffer solutions as a public health expert.

 

I started the conversation by advising that our attention should be on the vector that causes malaria, which is mosquito, fighting mosquitoes should be more pronounced than focusing on malaria.

 

The world malaria day year 2023 which was held on 25th of April has a theme: “Time To Deliver Zero Malaria: Invest, Innovate, Implement”. While on the program, I made reference to the arrival Malaria vaccine to both Ghana and Nigeria by Oxford University, United Kingdom and I spoke about solutions which have to do with modern drainage system, proper waste management, larva source management and proper water source management as some of the steps to achieving the success achieved by Lesotho, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and some other African countries that are already certified malaria free countries.

 

The drive towards achieving zero malaria in Nigeria is not only the responsibility of the government; private individuals and the government have respective roles to play. Malaria still kills thousands of Nigerians annually; we have to put up serious work in curbing the excesses of this menace.

 

Below are the important steps private home owners can adopt to curtail excesses of mosquitoes:

 

1.     Three out of four developmental stages of mosquitoes must go through water, proper Water management. Storing water without covering them will enhance breeding. Presence of stagnant waters around private and commercial facilities must be discouraged.

 

2.     Proper waste management, worn out  tyres have been confirmed as one the easy breeding ground for mosquitoes, obsolete items around private homes must be disposed of appropriately.

 

3. Stop them from gaining access; if you want a mosquito-free home, you need to first make sure mosquitoes aren’t entering your home. When it is dusk and the sun is going down, tightly close all doors and windows if you don’t have nets attached to them already. While sunlight keeps away mosquitoes to a certain extent, they are much more active after dusk. To get rid of mosquitoes inside the house, you can stop them from entering.

 

In case you have tried all this aforementioned without a solution, Rotimax Integrated Services Limited is a premium, licensed and insured pest control company that helps interested individuals and corporate organizations put an end to mosquito infestation in their surroundings.

 

Written by Tolu Caleb.