The District Police Commander (DPC) of Kirehe, Supt. James Rutaremara has called upon the residents to embrace and support ongoing awareness and initiatives in fighting against malaria.
The DPC said that malaria if not combated, can be disastrous and a security issue adding that implementing all identified measures should be the responsibility of every household and individuals in particular.
He made the call on September 19, in Nyabikokora cell of Kirehe Sector, where he addressed over 1500 residents from Kirehe and Kigina sectors.
This was part of the ongoing initiative to spray anti-malaria drugs in houses in Kirehe.
Rwanda National Police is a partner in fighting malaria in the country and has been holding awareness campaigns against one of the leading causes of death in the world.
“Malaria is not only a health problem, it is also a development problem and a security concern that results into death, disabilities on both short and long-term; it has enormous social and economic costs which as well keeps households in poverty, which is also another human security issue,” said Supt. Rutaremara.
“An unhealthy society is an insecure one,” he said, urging them to embrace and support the in-house spraying campaign and clear bushes around the households that could be breading grounds for mosquitoes.
Meanwhile, the DPC warned the residents against turning given mosquito nets into fencing materials, fishing nets and curtains, adding that this is impeding government human security programmes and promoting malaria infections.
On crime prevention, he urged residents to collaborate with police and other security organs through timely information sharing on any illegal doing, especially drug dealers, the major crime in Kirehe.