Rise on Mosquito Diseases Worries Scientists in Tanzania.
At the 30th NIMR Annual Scentist conference in Dar es Salaam , Tanzania on Wednesday, with the theme ‘ Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Director General, Dr Mwele Malecela, disclosed that Scientists have been advised to establish a Vector-borne Diseases Control Unit to shift a paradigm from single to multiple mosquito control approaches that include not only malaria but also arbovirus vectors, and that there was an increase of mosquito borne diseases in the world.
“The conference participants thus have come up with the advice that there should be a body that can control mosquito borne diseases,” said the NIMR boss while briefing reporters on deliberations reached, and Investing in Innovative Research to Fill the Critics Gaps’ brought together about 300 scientists from different countries.
Dr Malecela cited an example of the recent mosquito borne disease known as Zika Virus, which is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. She also said there was need to strengthen the laboratory capacity for diagnosis at primary health care facilities so that patients can get timely medication.
Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Hamis Kigwangalla, promised that the government will work on all deliberations reached at the conference. “I am personally going to ensure all laboratories are strengthened since diagnosis is an integral part of medication,” said the Deputy Minister while closing the conference.
Dr Kigwangalla said the 2015-2016 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey and Malaria Indicator Survey has shown that malaria is on the increase again, pointing out that the next step will be to investigate why and how to successfully lower the incidence of the infection. Speaking at the conference earlier, Dr Malecela said this year’s conference theme focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to remind scientists on their responsibility to facilitate the government to attain the SDGs, adding that “Scientists can play a great role through scientific works to make sure the government reaches the SDGs,”