Health ministry suspends DDT use

source: BOPA
12 April, 2010

GABORONE – Health Ministry suspended the use of DDT chemical for control of mosquitoes in 1997 not because of any ill-effects associated with it but because all reputable manufacturers had closed down hence making it difficult to source it.

According to Assistant Minister of Health, Mr Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri, the use of DDT was discontinued internationally for many uses but not for public health purposes.

Mr Matlhabaphiri said its use in the control of malaria was still recommended by leading international organisations such as World Health Organisation (WHO) who state that provided basic safety measures were put in place the use of DDT was safe for humans.

He said several studies had been undertaken over the years to investigate the potential adverse effects of DDT on humans but not a single study unequivocally proved that appropriate use of DDT was harmful to people or [continue reading]

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