Uganda Defies EU, Begins DDT Program to Fight Malaria (Paul Driessen, May 1, 2006, The Heartland Institute)
The African nation of Uganda has announced it will defy European Union threats and begin indoor spraying of DDT to battle rampant malaria.
Malaria kills more people in Uganda each year than any other disease, including AIDS and tuberculosis, which typically receive more media attention. Malaria accounts for 40 percent of all illnesses and 21 percent of deaths in Uganda’s hospitals. Every year the disease kills approximately 100,000 children under five years old in the country.
“We have to kill malaria using DDT, and the matter has been settled that DDT is not harmful to humans and if used for indoor-insecticide spraying,” Uganda Health Minister Jim Muhwezi told the East African on April 4. “It’s the most effective and cheapest way to fight malaria.” […]
European Union officials and nongovernmental organizations, who claim DDT spraying inside Ugandan huts may result in trace levels of the chemical being found on exported Ugandan crops, threatened to restrict the import of Ugandan crops in retaliation for the nation’s use of DDT.
Q: What kind of people defy bureaucrats just to save millions of lives?