THE simple shield of a net soaked in
insecticide could save thousands of
children from becoming targets of
malarial carriers, reveals a study backed
by the World Health Organization
(WHO), the United Nations Development
Programme and the World Bank.
Extensiv6 studies in Kenya, Ghana and
Gambia where bednets impregnated
with permethrin, an insecticide, were
used - led to the childhood death rates
failing by a significant 30 percent and
the risk of developing malaria was
reduced by more than 40 per cent.
These tests have revealed that malaria can be controlled in highly endemic areas. Says Tore Godal, head of the WHO's tropical disease research programme, "We now have a firm basis for actually enhancing and promoting their (bednets) use in Africa." Adds Jacqueline Cattani, an international malaria expert, "The really shocking thing is that these simple things can reduce mortality by so much." The mosquito nets score over other programmes in that they do not require the constant attention of doctors and nurses.
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