A malaria epidemic in Kanungu district has prompted government to start indoor residual spraying of the pesticide ICON.
ICON, also known as lambda Cyhalothrin, is an alternative to the controversial DDT, though it has a short life span of four months and costs almost five times as much.
The District Health Chief, Steven Sebunde, says there has been significant increase in malaria cases over the last few months. He says more than 60,000 households in the district will be sprayed.
The Program Director, John Bahana, says the district has also launched an intensive sensitization campaign on the need to use ICON to fight the malaria epidemic.
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ICON is being provided to Kanungu district with support from President Bush's Presidential Malarial Initiative.