THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says the country is experiencing a decline in Malaria cases at the back of response initiatives government initiated in the past few months.
According to the Ministry of Health, weekly cases and deaths are on declining as we go into winter.
“This decline can be attributed in large part to the following response activities implemented in the outbreak affected areas; active testing and treatment of cases by village health workers, mass net distribution in six districts of Mat South and Mat North, targeted spraying of affected wards in Mutoko, Mutasa and Chiredzi districts and capacitation of HWs and VHWs with Covid19 PPE.
According to the ministry’s weekly disease surveillance report (Week Number 24 of 2020), 5 339 malaria cases and seven deaths were reported this week. Of the reported cases, 757 (14.18%) were from the under five years of age.
The deaths were reported from Mpilo Hospital (1) in Bulawayo Province, Shamva District (1), Mt Darwin (1) in Mashonaland Central Province, Mutare District (1) in Manicaland Province, Chiredzi District (1) in Masvingo Province, Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe District (1) in Mashonaland East Province and Hurungwe District (1) in Mashonaland West Province. The provinces that reported the highest number of cases were Manicaland Province (2 284) and Mashonaland East Province (1 425).