By Mercy Kawenga, MEC Stringer
Dowa District Council’s Health and Environment service committee chair, councilor Jeremoth Jumbe said government is trying all of what it can to address the problem of bedbugs which continues to cause havoc at Mponela Rural Hospital in the district.
Jumbe was responding to a concern raised by a Business representative to the Dowa District Council, Samuel Chunga who wanted to find out what precautionary measures the council has to address the problem of bedbugs which keeps on surfacing and resurfacing at the hospital
Jumbe said bedbugs keep on resurfacing because the hospital receive patients and guardians whose houses have been affected by the presence of bedbugs and when they go to the hospital, they go with it.
He called on partners and NGOs to join hands with government inorder to deal with bedbugs right from the communities houses to slow down their fast multiplication.
Councilor Georgina Chunga of Mponela ward said some bedbugs are man made as evidenced with what happened at St. Peters private school, Mponela where their was a prayer service.
Chunga said it was very strange to find a bag full of bedbugs found at the premises with no one claiming ownership.
She said the development of bedbugs in bags is signifying that the fight against bedbugs need spiritual prayers beside spraying of chemicals.
The councilor also reported the presence of bedbugs in desks at Mponela 2 primary school saying this is affecting teaching and learning at the school.