Ministry’s pilot study confirms efficacy of German insecticide
The National Malaria and Vector Control Division of the Department of Public Health, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has confirmed the efficacy of Aragon insecticide through a pilot study conducted on the product. It, thereafter, recommended and endorsed the product
Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr. Perpetua Ohomoibhi, made the confirmation in a letter sent to the management of Olomitutu Kalt Limited in Lagos.
In July 2021, the Federal Ministry of Health, through NMEP, announced the commencement of Aragon insecticide, a new German innovative product.
The statement reads: “We hereby confirm the execution of the Aragon insecticide through a pilot study (ethical approval no: NHREC 01/01/2007) by NMEP of the Public Health Department, Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with Olomitutu Kalt Limited, Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMinna), Niger State University (NSU) and Ebonyi State University (ESU), Abakaliki.
“On behalf of Olomitutu Kalt Limited, marketers of Aragon insecticide and representative of the manufacturer in Nigeria and Africa, the study was carried out in Niger and Ebonyi states, which were selected based on evidence of presence of high density of resistant strains of mosquitoes, the Anopheles gambias s.i.”
In the correspondence, sighted by The Guardian, the ministry explained that findings from the study revealed that Aragon insecticide possessed commendable breakdown against malaria vector – mosquitoes and is, therefore – recommended as a veritable tool for individual households’ usage in the country.
The letter further read: “The Aragon insecticide resulted in relatively higher mortalities and knockdown in the mosquito populations and other arthropod pests than the control insecticide during the pilot trial. Also, Aragon elicited high mortalities in Anopheles mosquitoes and other household pests in rooms with bed nets than in those without nets.”
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