INCREASED MALARIA DEATHS WORRY AUTHORITIES

MOZAMBIQUE: MALARIA/RM/21/3/17 SABANews 1

 

MAPUTO – Health authorities in MOZAMBIQUE have expressed worry over the increased number of people dying of malaria, despite national prevention measures in place.

 

They say the mosquito-borne disease is spreading and killing, although the State has taken a number of actions to fight the epidemic, including massive free distribution of mosquito nets treated with insecticides.

 

The government says malaria has killed about 300 people out of more than ONE-MILLION cases diagnosed countrywide.

 

Experts in the Health Ministry Technical Council have met this weekend in the capital, MAPUTO, to discuss the most effective actions to deal with the deadly epidemic.

 

National Public Health Director FRANCISCO MBOFANA says the number of new malaria cases has become alarming, especially during the current rainy season.

 

It says mosquitoes have multiplied rapidly during the period due to an abundance of stagnant water pools, which enable them to reproduce swiftly.

 

The MOZAMBICAN National Public Health Director says the central regions of TETE and MANICA are the worst hit by the malaria epidemic.