Should DDT Be Used In Africa?!?
Some Say Yes Some Say No
DDT is commonly used to combat malaria in sub Saharan African homes where malaria is a huge contributing factor in the obituaries. Killing mostly Children and the Elderly this disease has stopped many bright minds from ever existing.
Malaria occurs because an engorged female mosquito lands on a victim and then begins to draw/suck the blood out of them. When they are carrying the disease in the old blood in their stomachs they lose a little bit back into the victim when they withdraw their proboscis and if the blood that you get is infected you can get malaria.
In 2006 the WHO reversed a 30 year old policy to begin the spraying of DDT in Africa. "Indoor residual spraying with DDT and other insecticides will again play a major role in [WHO's] efforts to fight the disease." Arata Kochi, director of the organization's malaria department, said at a news conference in Washington. "WHO will use every possible and safe method to control malaria."
One application in a home costs about $5.00 and most of that is labor. DDT helped the malaria outbreak in North America as well as in Asia and North Korea. John M. Balbus [WHO] had this to say, "Given the severity of the malaria epidemic now in Africa, it is reasonable to be using limited amounts of DDT for indoor use, DDT is not the single answer, but it can be part of the solution until we find a better alternative." The WHO Okaying the use of DDT in Africa has sparked many controversies. The two options are those who urge DDT because it’s not harmful to humans and those who are against it because of the environmental effects. On ScienceHeroes.com they are saying that the environmentalists who are pushing to ban the use of DDT have practically won the battle. However, DDT use is still going on in Africa. On average about 800,000 people a year die from malaria in Africa. Sri Lanka is just an example of what...
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