Zimbabwe Prepared For Oncoming Malaria Season

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says plans to fight Malaria ahead of the oncoming rainy season were at an advanced stage.

Staff Reporter

Speaking during a question-and-answer session in Parliament, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro said they had already procured the requisite drugs and other equipment.

Yes we know that this disease is a concern in the rain season and now we are approaching the rain season.  Firstly, Government does awareness programmes on how to prevent and control the spread of malaria. 

“We know mosquitoes breed in still water. We encourage people to fill unnecessary holes that collect water during the rainy season in the community or near their homes as this encourages the breeding of mosquitoes,” said Dr Mangwiro.

He added that our health personnel from the Ministry of Health go to rural areas making awareness programmes about this disease.

“We also visit provinces spraying chemicals that kill and prevent mosquitoes.  If the Hon. Member wishes, he is free to come to the Ministry and we will give him full programmes on how we eradicate mosquitoes and control malaria.  As a Ministry, we are aware of the season that is ahead of us and preparations are underway to fight malaria.  We have also procured malaria drugs in our clinics and hospitals.”

According to data, pregnant women and children are the most vulnerable to malaria and each year, malaria kills more than 270,000 children under the age of five worldwide. It is responsible for one in five stillbirths in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2020, The United States’s President’s Malaria Initiative delivered 292,200 doses of Intermittent Preventive malaria treatment to pregnant women in Zimbabwe.

The world recently commemorated World Mosquito day and in Zimbabwe the USAID and United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Presidential Initiative works in Zimbabwe through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to #EndMalaria.

Through their official Facebook platform, USAID Zimbabwe said, “Malaria parasites infect people through the bite of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. Insecticide-treated nets are one of the ways to protect people while they are sleeping. The treated mosquito nets kill mosquitos that land on them at night when they are most likely to bite. The nets also shield people from mosquitoes landing on them. In 2020, PMI delivered 400,000 insecticide treated nets.”

In Zimbabwe, over half of the country’s population live in high-risk malaria areas and since 2011, through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), USAID and the U.S. CDC have invested over $146.5 million to prevent malaria transmission and #EndMalaria in Zimbabwe.

PMI’s interventions have made a significant impact on combating malaria and saving lives. From 2015 to 2021, through the Zimbabwe Assistance Program in Malaria (ZAPIM) activity, PMI distributed 1,593,592 long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets, and trained 1,464 village health workers and 1,700 healthcare facility workers.

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