District Assembly’s Fumigation Exercise Completed To Curb Blackflies Invasion
October 12, 2023
The Health Directorate and Environmental Health Department of the Ningo Prampram District Assembly have confirmed the presence of Blackflies in some parts of its busy urban cities.
For about four (4) months, these swarm of insects invaded particularly Dawhenya, Miotso, Abekope,Abepanya, Tabora, Lakpleku, Afienya and its environs. In the early mornings and late nights and especially during rainy days, these flies hover in their numbers around water bodies in these communities, preventing farmers and other indigenes from accessing the water bodies as well as coming out of their rooms and homes.
Hon. Moses Kutor, the Assemblyman for the North Dawhenya Electoral Area confirmed the news and affirmed that, “apart from skin itches that results from these insect bites, electorates in my area suffered body pains and headaches and in the long run these persons are likely to suffer onchocerciasis the disease caused by these blackflies”.
In an effort to curb this menace, the Assembly in an emergency health meeting, resolved that live samples of these flies, blood samples of over two hundred (200) affected persons, be taken to Noguchi for further studies to determine a workable solution to the problem.
The District Directorate of Environmental Health, with supports from the Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate, the Neglected Tropical Disease Program (NIDP) and Zoomlion Ghana Ltd, as clinical results confirmed the sampling effects of the blackflies, organized fumigation exercises to all flowing and standing rivers in the affected areas and an air spraying to some selected communities.
Mrs Evelyn Nani, the District Environmental Health Officer and the Zoomlion fumigation team led by Mrs. Enock Minta visited the Appolonia junction, Afienya Bridge, Afienya Railway Bridge, Philip Kope among others and sprayed the flowing and standing water bodies found under these bridges and places.
The team sprayed these water bodies with the Biolarvicide, a chemical which kills the eggs of these blackflies, preventing them from developing into adult flies.
Mr. Enock stated that “The Biolarvicide has no effect on aquatic life. The blackfly normally breed at flowing rivers, so what we do is to apply the larvicide to these fast water running areas where the blackflies breed so that the eggs do not develop into adult blackflies to fly”
TThe affected community members are advised among others to: avoid coming out during the early mornings and evening and late hours, to wear protective clothing, apply insect repellents, keep trap doors and windows shut, keep environment clean, practice good hygiene, as well as report insect bites or itchy skin to the nearest health facility for the needed attention.