Zimbabwe: Evaluate – Anti-Malaria Program Receives $ 9 Billion Enhance

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As part of preparations for this year’s malaria season, the GOVERNMENT has disbursed US $ 9 billion for spray programs across the country and distributed 400,000 kits for re-treating mosquito nets.

In the months between November and April, due to the wet conditions, there are usually high cases of malaria, which encourage the proliferation of malaria-causing mosquitoes.

At a press conference on Sadc Malaria Week, which will be held December 5-9, Dr. Edward Mabiza, Minister for Health and Child Protection, said on Tuesday that anti-malarial drugs had now been sent to all provinces.

In addition, at least around 3,000 community health workers have been trained to provide basic services in remote areas.

“My ministry has already made preparations for the malaria season in several intervention areas.

“To ensure that the communities have access to treatment within 24 hours, the community health workers have also been trained in case management,” said Dr. Mabiza.

He said interior debris was being sprayed in 41 counties across the country, while dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) was used in seven counties, including Kariba, Mudzi, Chipinge, Chiredzi, Beitbridge, Binga and Lupane, which were the hardest hit.

Programs to educate and mobilize communities about the need for treatment within 24 hours of the onset of malaria symptoms were in place before the onset of rains and will continue, he said.

The ministry was due to open Sadc Malaria Week at the Trade Clinic in Binga District yesterday, which was expected to welcome 1,500 local and international delegates, including Sadc health ministers.

This year’s theme is “Treated nets and spray houses prevent malaria” and the motto is “Protect your family from malaria”.

Sadc Health Ministers designated the second week of November as a week of commemoration at the Sadc Ministerial Conference in 2000 to raise public awareness of the control and prevention of the disease, which kills an estimated 300,000 people in the region each year.

Approximately 1,200 people die in Zimbabwe from malaria out of approximately three million cases registered each year.

As part of the fundraising and raising awareness in the public and private sectors by the ministry should be in Victoria Falls yesterday.

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Sadc ministers, multilateral organizations, partners of the Ministry of Health in malaria control and prevention, and the business community were also expected to attend the gala.

In his speech at the briefing, Dr. Everisto Njelesani, WHO country representative, identified Zimbabwe’s intervention programs as being effective and urged other countries in the region to adopt some of them. “We have the means to prevent and treat the disease, so we shouldn’t let people die.”

LESSONS FOR TODAY

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by parasites that commonly infect a specific type of mosquito that feed on humans.

The goal of most current national malaria control programs and most malaria activities is to reduce the number of malaria cases and deaths.

The aim is also to reduce the transmission of malaria to such an extent that it is no longer a problem for public health.

Improved diagnostics are needed to monitor and measure changes in infection rates and ensure the quality of drugs and insecticides.

According to experts, a variety of other non-insecticidal intervention methods are under development, including novel genetic approaches and heritable bacterial endosymbionts.

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