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Health Minister launches mass insecticides spraying in Banjul

Aug 31, 2021, 1:01 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

In a move to ensure the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of Banjul from insecticide related diseases, the Banjul City Council (BCC) and the Public Health Directorate recently joined a team of health experts to officially launch a mass outdoor spraying of mosquitoes and other related insects in Banjul.

At the launch ceremony, Dr Ahmadou Samateh, Minister of Health reminded that his Ministry in collaboration with other stakeholders embarked on the mass spraying exercise to ensure the safety and welfare of residents in the city.

 Minister Samateh said the fogging machines will be used for the exercise to keep the insects away from the city.

He informed that his Ministry has trained over twenty spray operators, who are also volunteers who will embark on house-to-house citywide indoor spraying.

“At this juncture, I would like to sincerely thank the Seattle Rotary Foundation, Malaria Foundation International, and Rotarians against Malaria for Global, for providing two machines to the Ministry of Health and by extension to the people of this country.”

Omar Touray, deputy Mayor of Banjul, who spoke on behalf of the Mayor, expressed appreciation to the Minister and his entire team for the move.

 He reminded that Banjul being an island, it is important to embark on quarterly indoor mass spraying exercise to eradicate insect related diseases.

 “We need this very urgent and on behalf of the Mayor, and the Councilors, we appeal to the Ministry to have this spraying exercise quarterly and not only annually.” he added.

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