Uganda expands controlled DDT use

Contrary to the scare stories from and other politicos, Uganda is expanding their use of DDT on a controlled basis, to fight malaria — exactly as Environmental Defense and other U.S. environmental groups have urged.  The story doesn’t say whether the Bush administration has come on board, but one can hope.

From New Vision:

By Fred Ouma

THE Government is to start indoor spraying of DDT in January 2008, the Malaria Control Programme manager with the health ministry has said.

Dr. John Bosco Rwakimari, who did not disclose the cost of the exercise, on Wednesday told participants at the malaria conference at the Imperial Resort Beach, Entebbe that the Government had secured funds to buy the pesticide.

“We have seen impressive results in Kabale and Kanungu districts where the malaria prevalence has reduced from 30% to less than 4% and 45% to 4.7% respectively,” he affirmed.

“DDT should be here (in Uganda) at beginning of the year. We shall start with high malaria endemic districts of Apac, Lira, Kitgum, Amuru, Gulu, Pader, Mbale and Pallisa in accordance with WHO and Stockholm Convention guidelines,” he added.

Rwakimari affirmed that by the end of 2010, all areas considered prone to the epidemic would be covered.

Were there a worldwide ban on DDT use, how could this happen?


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