Likoma authorities against misuse of ITNs.

Written by  Kenneth Mkandawire MEC Stringer – Likoma

Stakeholders in Likoma and Chizumulu Islands have vowed to fight against misuse of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs).

Mosquito nets prone to misuse by fishermen Mosquito nets prone to misuse by fishermen

The development comes as a way of cracking down on those who misuse the resources. Authorities say they will enforce bylaws ahead of the mass distribution campaign of mosquito nets championed by Word Vision.


Speaking in an interview last Friday, member for Distribution Task Force (DTF) Francis Mvuma who is also the administrator for St. Peter’s Mission Hospital said they will engage the District Commissioner (DC), in order to find the lasting solution against the challenge, which has been persistent for some time now.

This comes against the background that majority of people along the Lakeshore abuse the freely issued Insecticide Treated Nets by using them for drying fish as well as fishing, which is prohibited.


He lamented that the issue retards development in the country, because people fail to participate actively in socio-economic activities when they fall sick.

Mvuma said, “We would like to inform people that they should cease such kind of malpractice, the Mosquito nets that we distribute to them are meant to protect them against malaria so that they live with good health and contribute positively towards development.”

He went on to say that they have consulted  Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkumpha 3 to liaise with his subordinates and formulate some bylaws as quickly as possible to caution and act as a dettrent to the vice.


"We are encouraging people to use other alternatives like buying goose wire for drying fish instead of the ITNs, this is unacceptable,” said Mvuma.


To ensure that the misuse of mosquito nets is successfully enforced with immediate effect, T/A Mkumpha 3 emphasized that they will look into the matter and take action with urgency.


He said, "It is very unfortunate that people abuse the Mosquito nets, this is completely not allowed. We will get rid of such kind of unnecessary behavior."

On the other hand,Police has been tasked to be in the forefront enforcing the bylaws once they are successfully passed.


Meanwhile, the mass distribution campaign of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) in Likoma district is scheduled for November 2018 under the Ministry of Health in the National Malaria Control Programme.

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