Treated bed nets help reduces mosquito buzz sounds at night

By Mohamed Konneh

Hmmmmmm, hmmmmmm, hmmmmm is the most annoying and unwanted sound that wiggles around the ear at night. This sound is so irritating and most times gives sleepless night to individuals. This irritating sound and unwanted night visitor is now fading away as long lasting treated bed nets continue to occupy that vacuum created before now when bed nets were not fashion by most people.

“This buzzing sound is slowly going away as the bed nets no longer allow for that said Augustine Kamara of Kroobay in Central Freetown.

Kroobay is one of those slum dwelling communities in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown that play host to mosquitoes. The Kroobay community to a large extent is a breeding ground for mosquitoes due to it filthy nature and stagnated water ditches that is present throughout the community.  The community accounts for huge malaria burden in the city according to the community health Nurse Marian Kargbo.

Nurse Marian says most of the cases reported at the community health center are malaria related noting that out of eight of every ten cases reported would be malaria.

Malaria is burden here in this community for the simple fact that sanitation is poor, the community is not well spaced and that almost every backyard is having slow running gutter or ditch fill with dirty water.

The Kroobay community is designed in a way that making most of the houses not properly ventilated. The community is poor in sanitation and infested with different kinds of insects including mosquitoes.  The community is prone to mosquito bites and malaria illness.

However, this slum dwelling community is among beneficiaries for the over four million six hundred treated bed nets that were distributed nationwide and is now keeping residents safe from mosquito bites and eventually malaria.

Augustine says the humming-like noise going into his ear makes him have sleepless night if the mosquito is not killed. The sound of Mosquito at night is irritating, it keeps you awake. If you can’t kill it you won’t go to sleep because it will keep coming and making noise inside your ear.

“With the treated bed net this noise is no longer welcome in my ear as the buzz sound is no longer experienced at night, he said.”

According to health experts all mosquitoes make sound. The mosquitoes you hear are usually the ones less decisive about biting. Those more ready to bite will come in, land, suck your blood, and fly off before you noticed them.

Those occasionally annoying tones produced by mosquitoes come from the beating of their wings. The sounds can be wide-ranging and vary between males and females. Each mosquito has its own musical “fingerprint,” but it’s not just the noisy by-product of flight. The tones produced by mosquitoes can be used for communication. Some says it romantic communication but for the sleeping human being sound from mosquitoes at night can be very irritating and will keep you awake if the mosquitoes is left to roam freely inside the room.

Malaria still remains a burden in Sierra Leone and poor rural communities suffer the brunt of the disease.

Sierra Leone has one of the highest burdens of malaria in the world with the entire population at risk of the disease. Despite this increased burden, Sierra Leone has continued to make great strides against malaria, delivering 4.6 million life-saving bed nets as part of ongoing distribution campaigns this year as a result of commitment from stakeholders from all areas of society. Dr. Samuel Smith is the Director of Disease Control and Prevention in the ministry of Health and Sanitation.

With the ongoing “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign Dr. Smith said the movement is going from strength to strength in the country.

“Not only are we seeing this commitment through our ongoing malaria control campaigns, we are also seeing this through our media reporting, with quality media coverage of malaria issues rising by more than 500% in the first half of 2020.”

This is particularly impressive when we consider the context of COVID-19 and is a testament to the tireless work of media practitioners and our leaders to ensure malaria prevention remains a top priority for the ministry and the country.” That buzz sound tormenting people at night will also seize and with our people now accustomed to the treated bed nets it will be difficult to hear buzz sound in the ear, Dr. Smith said”.

Like Kroobay Community in central Freetown, most other slum dwelling communities around the city and elsewhere continue to suffer from malaria and most especially the buzz sound that torments at night. This buzz sound or humming is now going away as more and more people continue to use the long lasting treated bed nets.

The zero malaria starts with me campaign is having a positive nod with communities now adhering to preventive measures.


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