Health ministry records 134 224 cases & 194 deaths caused by malaria in 2017 so far

Appearing before the portfolio committee on Health and Child Care to brief the committee on the ministry preparedness in response to the emergence of Malaria and prevention of diarrhoeal diseases, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare retired brigadier general Gerald Gwinji revealed that there was an increase in the number of malaria outbreaks recorded this year compared to last year.

Said Gwinji:

During this period from January to date there was indeed an increase of malaria cases as compared to the same period last year and so far in 2017 we have recorded 134 224 cases and 194 deaths caused by malaria and if compared to 2016 at this same time we had only reported 80 964 cases.

According to Dr. Gwinji’s presentation, it also noted that there was a decrease of about 629 cases in the number of watery diarrhoea cases recorded compared to the same period this year.

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