Amolatar Resumes Indoor Residual Spray

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Patrick Obala, head of the Village Health Team in Atero and Atomoro parishes in Awelo Sub County says more than 500 houses are to be sprayed.

 Amolatar district has resumed Indoor residual spraying, three weeks after the exercise was suspended by local authorities.  Richard Ogwang, the Amolatar Resident District Commissioner temporarily halted the exercise following resistance by some residents. Amolatar became the second district to register resistance after Lira.
 
 Amach Sub County residents opposed the exercise saying they were not sensitized adequately about the effects of Indoor residual spraying. However, by Tuesday, spray operators were deployed in all the 11 sub counties in the district including Awelo, Muntu, Agikdak Arwotcek, Akwon, Agwingiri, Namasale and Etam among others to resume the exercise.
 
Patrick Obala, head of the Village Health Team in Atero and Atomoro parishes in Awelo Sub County says more than 500 houses are to be sprayed. He says when the exercise was suspended they embarked on sensitizing residents and local leaders on the benefits of Indoor residual spraying. 

Denis Obang, a resident of Tur-Elwano village in Awelo Sub County has welcomed the resumption of the Indoor residual spraying exercise. He asks the local and other government authorities to consider using force against those opposed to the exercise. Baresto Okello, a resident of Agonyi villga urges the spray operators to ensure the chemical being used are not abused and used to poison people.

Richard Ogwang Odyero, the Amolatar RDC says they have carried out sufficient sensitization. Amolatar is one of the 14 districts in Northern and Eastern regions, where government has extended the exercise to late this year. Apac and Amolatar districts have the highest rate of malaria because they are surrounded by large water bodies including Lake Kwania and Kyoga. 

Initially IRS was only carried in Oyam, Kole,Apac,Gulu and Amuru districts.