Tuesday, 15 November 2011


Government has observed that malaria has continued to be a major public concern in the country. Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Joseph Katema disclosed that the country recorded 4.2 million cases of malaria last year, representing both confirmed and unconfirmed cases.
Dr. Katema has since called for concerted efforts from stakeholders to join hands with the government to seriously fight the malaria disease. He said government through his ministry, is committed to mitigating the malaria scourge as a matter of priority.
He said this in Mongu yesterday when he launched the SADC and Integrated Campaign on Malaria, Maternal New Born Child Health and Nutrition dubbed "Be Free from Malaria SADC region".
And Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu observed that malaria is the leading cause of death after HIV/AIDS in both children and adults in the entire province.
Mr. Mubukwanu further pointed out that the current statistics show that malaria prevalence rates are still high and therefore people in communities should protect themselves from malaria by sleeping under treated insecticide mosquito nets.
Meanwhile, Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) Representative Induna Muyunyi appealed to the local authority and those dealing with healthy matters to help fight malaria.
Induna Muyunyi said the BRE stands ready to work with the government of the day towards eradicating malaria.

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