Researchers Develop Vector-controlled Repellent

Tanzania’s Ifakara Health Institute has developed a repellent to control mosquitoes that spread dengue, Chikunganya and Zika diseases, a senior research scientist revealed on Monday.

Nico Govella, IHI Senior Research Scientist, said that the vector control technology developed at IHI’s Kingani Training Centre located in Tanzania’s eastern district of Bagamoyo would also be used to protect people from mosquito bites.

The main goal of this technology is to ward off mosquitoes that spread dengue, Chikunganya and Zika viruses to people, and this kind of mosquitoes usually bite during daytime, he said.

“We have decided to come up with this technology after discovering that many countries were affected by these diseases and they don’t know how to prevent these mosquitoes,” he stated.

Govella said that IHI spent 150,000 dollars to facilitate the centre to conduct research on the technology, which officially started in 2017 and is scheduled to end in March.

Chief Executive Officer, Kelvin Dushnisky, who was appointed CEO last year, aims to streamline the portfolio by selling the company’s interests in its Cerro Vanguardia operations in Argentina and the Sadiola mine in Mali to focus on operations with longer shelf life and the ability to deliver higher returns.

The miner said it would proceed to a feasibility study with its Quebradona Project, a joint venture with B2Gold, in Colombia. The greenfields project is expected to produce 2.9 billion pounds of copper, 1.4 million ounces of gold and 21.6 million ounces of silver over its mine life.

“The project is technically robust and the metallurgy is particularly impressive with the high-quality concentrate it produces,” AngloGold’s Chief Operating Officer – International Ludwig Eybers said.

The firm, which produced 3.400 million ounces of gold in 2018, said it expects 2019 output to be between 3.250 million ounces and 3.450 million ounces.

Source: www.allafrica.com