14 February 2002

Uganda: Planes to Be Sprayed Before Departure

DEADLY insects such as mosquito will no longer fluke flights into or out of Uganda.

All planes passing through Uganda or other tropical countries are to be sprayed with insecticides, a health ministry official has said.

Dr. Sam Okware, commissioner for community health, said on Tuesday that the policy had nothing to do with the global bioterrorism scare.

He said spraying eliminates the risk of exporting or importing dreaded diseases like malaria and yellow fever, transmitted by insects.

Before the policy was introduced, mosquitoes frequently hitched flights in some cases causing disease outbreaks in their new locations.

Okware told The New Vision that spraying of planes and yellow fever vaccinations were international health requirements that do not affect only Uganda. He cited the Vaccination Certificate Requirement and Health Advice for International Travel, published by the World Health Organisation.

Okware said the insecticides used are harmless to human beings.

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