The Bauchi state government has commenced a fumigation exercise against mosquitoes in six out of the 20 local government areas to mitigate the incidence of malaria.
Dr. Ibrahim Kabir, the Director General of the state Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), has announced in Bauchi, on Saturday.
He identified the six beneficiary local governments to include Bauchi, Katagum, Misau, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass, saying that the agency had earmarked N7 million for the exercise “adding this was the second time the present administration mandated the agency to carry out the fumigation against mosquitos”.
The DG explained that the chemicals to be used kill only mosquitos and was not harmful to humans or other insects and animals ‘as it was intended to specifically fight the malaria causing mosquitos’.
He noted that BASEPA equally enforces the monthly sanitation exercises across the state with a view to mitigating the spread of hygiene related diseases.
Kabir noted that aside the fumigation against diseases causing organisms, government had also mandated the agency to embark on tree planting, in order to protect the state from environmental hazards.
He reiterated the commitment and determination of the state government to safeguarding the environment and keeping the state clean. (NAN)