Mozambique records 1.8 percent Drop in Malaria Cases

Mozambique’s Health Ministry says the number of cases of malaria diagnosed in Mozambique in the first eight months of this year fell to 4,272,715 from 4,354,308, representing a decline of 1.8 percent compared with the same period in 2014.

The Deputy National Director of Public Health, Benigna Matsinhe, told a media briefing in Maputo on Tuesday that the drop was due to activities in preventing the spread of malaria such as the spraying of homes with insecticide, and the distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets.

She said a spraying campaign was launched in September intended to reach over 3.1 million people, mostly in Maputo and Gaza provinces, but including Nampula city and the capital of Manica province, Chimoio.

APA reports that, for the province of Zambezia, the spraying campaign begins next Monday, covering the two main urban areas, Quelimane and Mocuba, and the districts of Morrumbala, Dere, Milange and Mulombo.

According to Matsinhe, at the same time mosquito nets are being distributed.

“The Health Ministry advocates replacing the nets every three years and this is a continual process,” said Matsinhe, adding that the health authorities are stepping up their efforts as the 2015-16 rainy season approaches.

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