The Minister of Health and Childcare, Obadiah Moyo has revealed that malaria cases have gone down by 18 per cent countrywide this week following the government’s interventions in hardest-hit areas.
Moyo also revealed that despite the drop in malaria infections, mortality remains high, with 265 malaria deaths that have been reported so far.
Speaking during a post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday, Minister Moyo said:
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Review of our week 19 results shows that there is an 18 per cent drop on weekly reported cases from 26 103 in week 18 to 21 430 in week 19.
Malaria mortality, however, remains elevated. We have 265 malaria deaths that have been reported.
Official statics show that the country recorded more malaria cases in 2020 than in the past two years.
The government has, as a result, been distributing mosquito nets and conducting indoor residual spraying to curb the spread of the disease in the country.
Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West, Manicaland, East and Matabeleland South provinces were the hardest hit by the outbreak.