Zambia has recorded a decline in the incidence of malaria from 407 cases per 1000 population in 2014, to 336 cases per 1000 population in 2015, according to the Republic of Zambia Ministry of Health.

Anopheles gambiae mosquito Image/CDC
Anopheles gambiae mosquito

Permanent Secretary for the health ministry, Dr Jabbin Mulwanda also noted that there has also been a 50 percent reduction in total deaths from malaria in health facilities.

The permanent secretary has recognized the Indoor Residue Spraying (IRS) and insecticide treated nets as the most effective tools for Malaria Prevention and Control.

Apart from reducing the Malaria burden the permanent secretary has cited many other benefits of Indoor residue spraying namely, reduction in the mosquito population and bites, peaceful night sleep for the family and good health which is prolonged for the family and community.

The insecticides and IRS will be distributed in Central, Copperbelt, Lusaka, North-Western and Western province.

Five other provinces have just completed the campaign and they have been described as successful: Northern, Muchinga, Luapula, Eastern and Southern .