Malaria incidence in Kabale district has drastically reduced, eight months after government launched indoor residual spraying of a pesticide known as ICON.
In June last year, the Ministry of health conducted a pilot project for the indoor residual spraying of ICON in Kabale, in which more than 100,000 houses were sprayed with the ICON.
Assessing the effectiveness of the ICON spray, health workers in Kabale found out that the spray had particularly been effective in reducing the number of malaria cases reported in the district.
The South Western Uganda malaria control coordinator, Sam Tumwesigire, confirms the reduction in Malaria cases. He says most of the health centers visited, recorded a significant reduction in Malaria cases. He says overall Malaria cases dropped from 9,000 to 3,000 cases per week.
ICON is part of the United States Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI), which was introduced last year to supplement existing anti-malaria efforts like mosquito nets.