Kampala: Bayer South-East Africa through its Environmental Science subdivision has partnered with Quality Chemicals Limited, to distribute Fludora Fusion, a highly efficacious indoor residual spray pesticide for malaria vector control in Uganda.
The launch of Fludora Fusion, hosted at Protea Skyz Hotel Naguru is the latest of (many previous) Malaria interventions orchestrated by Quality Chemicals Limited in Uganda. Speaking at the press launch, Ajay Mahadik, the General Manager of Quality Chemicals said the introduction of Fludora Fusion to the Ugandan market is timely.
“The product matches the current customer needs, as it provides a premium solution for malaria vector control. Our partnership with Bayer South-East Africa ensures and demonstrates our commitment to providing consistent malaria control solutions for Uganda. We have also realized the need to, and therefore will offer continuous technical training support to the professional pest control industry on indoor residual spray application,” explained Mahadik in reference to QCL’s fight against Malaria.
The Director of Public Health at the Ministry Of Health, Dr Daniel Kyabanyize, commended Quality Chemicals Limited for leading the fight against Malaria Control.
He also requested the public to join the Ministry Of Health in the fight against Malaria.
“Quality Chemicals Limited has been at the forefront of the fight against Malaria. When we have companies like QCL and Bayer South East Afica that can partner with government to provide the tools, services and other necessary components for better health, the public has got to join the fight too. We can only enjoy the out comes if it’s a concerted effort. The government are merely enforcers, coordinators and regulators of the fight against Malaria epidemic,” said Dr Daniel Kyabayinze, on behalf of the Permanent secretary for the Ministry of health, Diana Atwine.
Mr. George Baguma, a director at Quality Chemicals Limited and a renowned champion in the fight against Malaria said that the product is now available for private consumption.
“We commit to the continuation of innovation and invention directed towards strengthening the fight against Malaria in Uganda. We will continue to identify, vet and consequentially bring in new and trusted partners to further concretise our efforts in the fight. We have been executing a series of Indoor Residue Spraying (IRS) product dissemination with the MOH in over 20 districts. The launch today is to get the private companies to know that the product of Fludora Fusion is available for distribution. Fludora Fusion WP SB is available in 100g sachet, which, whilst applying, is to be mixed with 10L (in a sprayer without constant flow valve) or 7,5L (in a sprayer with constant flow valve) of clean water and applied on a 250m2 of wall-surface,” George Baguma, a director of Quality Chemicals Limited.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the assistant commissioner Health Service-Malaria at the Ministry Of Health, reiterated that there is need for the public to get involved in the fight.
He recommended the tactic of communal Malaria-control planning citing that; if individuals pool resources and contract a trusted pharmaceutical entity in the calibre of Quality Chemicals Limited, and Bayer International, the Malaria fight will be won.
“The market is saturated with fake products. Often times, I am called by people with complaints of fake Malaria vector Control products. The public has got to slow down and question these products. Who are the people distributing these chemicals? What are the chemicals? Are they endorsed by regulators? Who regulates? We have always worked with Quality Chemicals Limited to maintain the quality, also because they go the extra mile teach people how to apply. The public has got to know the difference between overall pest control, and Malaria control. How do we work with schools to make sure all schools are protected? Communities should organize themselves and reach out to Quality Chemicals Limited. A ‘can’ of an average house spray for Malaria costs 50k but lasts for only a week. And yet, a solution like Fludora Fusion which is more effective lasts for over 8 months to a year,” Dr Moses Opigo from Ministry Of Health.
Daniel Mburu Kangethe, a Technical Sales Representative from Bayer Environmental Science for sub-saharan Africa, stated that the launch of Fludora Fusion in Uganda is part of a formidable plan by the company to protect 103 million persons against Malaria and neglected tropical diseases by 2025.
“Fludora Fusion is the first Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) product for malaria vector control with two unrelated active ingredients that have two different modes of action. Application of Fludora Fusion WP SB therefore, provides better efficacy against susceptible and resistance mosquitoes. It also boosts of a robust and consistent, longer, residual periods on applied surfaces than the application of either active ingredient,” Kangethe said.
“Africa accounts for 90% of deaths globally. Malaria is amongst the leading causes of the deaths in Africa. With mosquitoes becoming resistant to one-end active ingredient’s and factors like environment-based exposure, there was need to come up with a wholistic control. That was the basis of the Fludora Fusion formulation. Fludora Fusion has been thoroughly tested in many geographies in Sub-Saharan Africa including here in Uganda and has proven to be effective against both susceptible and resistance mosquito species and is well suited for malaria vector control. It is also important to note that Fludora Fusion WP SB is easily applied using W.H.O approved sprayers on many types of wall surfaces (mud walls, plastered walls and plastered plus painted walls) providing longer residual control, explained Kangethe.