1987/04/01 Elhuyar Zientzia Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria
Northern Somalia has set in motion a new and curious way to combat malaria. The aim is to protect the population from nomadic shepherds. In these cases, the usual prevention of malaria (especially the use of insecticides) is not effective. Moreover, in some regions, mosquito larvae, vector of malaria, disappear when taking Oreochromus spilurus fish. Somalia's health officials are willing to use these hungry fish to fight malaria. Tests have already been done.
In the water wells of the region of Burao have been introduced these fish (one per 3m2) and the mosquitoes have practically disappeared from this region. In addition, the impact of malaria has dropped from 20% to zero. The task of the authorities now is to convince pastors to grow. In addition, these fish can be a good source of protein for local living.