Environmentalist fraud and manslaughterIn the name of banning DDT, GEF bureaucrats are consigning millions to death from malaria
By Paul Driessen
Many chemotherapy drugs for treating cancer have highly unpleasant side effects — hair loss, vomiting, intense joint pain, liver damage and fetal defects, to name just a few. But anyone trying to ban the drugs would be tarred, feathered and run out of town. And rightly so.
The drugs’ benefits vastly outweigh their risks. They save lives. We need to use chemo drugs carefully, but we need to use them.
The same commonsense reasoning should apply to the Third World equivalent of chemotherapy drugs: DDT and other insecticides to combat malaria. Up to half a billion people are infected annually by this vicious disease, nearly a million die, countless survivors are left with permanent brain damage, and 90 percent of this carnage is in sub-Saharan Africa, the most impoverished region on Earth.
These chemicals don’t cure malaria — they prevent it. Used properly, they are effective, and safe. DDT is particularly important. Sprayed once or twice a year on the inside walls of homes, DDT keeps 80 percent of mosquitoes from entering, irritates those that do enter, so they leave without biting, and kills any that land. No other chemical, at any price, can do this.
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