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Members of Parliament Support the Use of DDT

The Monitor (Kampala)
October 1, 2004
Posted to the web September 30, 2004
Agness Nandutu
All Africa.com

Lawmakers [in Kampala] have declared their support for the government to use DDT to fight against malaria. Government wants to reintroduce, Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), to deal with the rampant malaria. The Minister of Health, Brig. Jim Muhwezi, said the government was conducting consultations to ensure that the use of DDT does not have any adverse effects on either the population or the environment.

Some MPs have been among the strongest critics of DDT use. However, after a tour to South Africa to study how they have successfully carried out indoor residual spraying in malaria control with the use of DDT, said they will support the use of the chemical in Uganda.

"When a plane crashes and kills 30 people it is breaking news on TVs and radio but malaria is responsible for seven Boeing crashes each day through out the year and that is not breaking news." Muhwezi told journalists yesterday during the weekly cabinet briefing at Nakasero.