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  • Andrew Jones

World Mosquito Day - 20th August 2022

20th August is World Mosquito Day, a time to reflect on the danger of mosquitoes in the lives of millions of people and to focus on better, more effective ways we can control them. Around the world, mosquitoes are vectors for malaria, a serious and often deadly disease.

What is essential is a professionally designed and executed integrated vector control programmes that can help reduce the incidence of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

In so many instances, poorly trained operators are wasting resources by failing to use the correct insecticides and larvicides, or, in nearly every case not using the correct dosage, or, applying them incorrectly. Millions of dollars are wasted every year that could, just by using the right dosages and techniques could save millions from contracting this debilitating disease.

Man-made environments such as agriculture and mining sites are creating the perfect environments for mosquitoes to breed. This has a massive impact on local communities, and the productivity of employees.

Mining and agriculture are critical industries that provide essential resources for the economies of countries. However, they can often harm the environment, specifically in terms of providing increased mosquito breeding grounds, especially in tropical as well as equatorial affected locations of most African countries. Populations living in these areas suffer high manhours loses arising from Malaria disease burden.

It is important to be aware of the potential problems that will arise from mosquito populations, when setting up mining or agricultural operations. By ensuring that a professional team of Environmental Health staff is included in the list of employees they can manage smart interventions to mitigate any probable malaria transmission problems that are likely to arise from these activities. These interventions can include control of mosquito breeding grounds; the use of netting and internal residual spraying of surfaces that kill adult mosquitoes and encourage use of insecticide impregnated netting and lotion products preventing mosquito and man contact. Regent Laboratories will be on hand to provide information on practices and products that will help in such situations.

A professionally designed and executed integrated vector control programme supervised by qualified health personnel will consequently improve the quality of life for employees and their families, as well as surrounding community, as well as greatly improving productivity of employees.

As a key stakeholder in the SADC region of Africa, Regent Laboratories do not just manufacture their Bugstop range of larvicides, insecticides, long-lasting insecticide-impregnated nets, spray equipment etc. but they ensure all operators are professionally trained and can deliver effectively on any designed malaria elimination programme.

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