Deputy Speaker Pushes for DDT Spraying to Fight Uganda's Malaria Crisis

Deputy Speaker Pushes for DDT Spraying to Fight Uganda's Malaria Crisis
Thomas Tayebwa speaking.

Uganda's Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa, has sparked renewed debate on malaria control by urging parliament to consider reintroducing DDT spraying. Malaria remains the leading cause of death in the country, particularly among children under five.

Tayebwa made his proposal during a recent anti-malaria walk that saw thousands of participants, including lawmakers and health officials. He emphasized the need for collaboration and suggested that DDT spraying, once banned due to environmental concerns, could be a crucial weapon in this fight.

Previously, parliament opposed DDT due to its environmental impact and lack of proper regulations. However, the severity of the malaria crisis may be prompting a reconsideration. Health experts like Batuwa acknowledge the controversy surrounding DDT but point to its effectiveness in reducing malaria cases elsewhere.

Proponents of reintroducing DDT argue that, when used responsibly, it can significantly decrease malaria rates and save lives. Their campaign aims to raise awareness about the malaria burden and encourage a legal framework to support the safe use of DDT.

Tayebwa's message is clear: prioritize public health over political agendas. The walk and discussions have reignited the debate, with stakeholders hopeful that his call to action will lead to a renewed commitment to combating malaria. Uganda must now weigh the potential benefits of DDT against its environmental risks to find the most effective solution for this ongoing health crisis.

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