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From Xinhua News Agency

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Zimbabwe's Malaria Control Measures Underway

DATELINE: OCTOBER 25, 1999, MONDAY

The Xinhua News Agency.

DATELINE: Harare, October 25; ITEM NO: 1025208

Zimbabwe's ministry of health and child welfare said on Monday it distributing chemicals to all provinces and districts in preparation for spraying during the malaria season which starts during the rainy season. public relations officer Bright Mpofu said that supplies would be in all areas by the beginning of next month. "The spraying exercise remains one of the strongest tools in malaria control," he said. "Districts are being urged to use part of their diseases control vote to supplement supplies from the ministry," he said. He said that although the ministry engaged spraying teams to three months contract, the community was being urged to participate to make the malaria control program successful. He said health workers were being trained on managing malaria.

Stocks for malaria drugs were adequate for the whole rainy season in all provinces, he said. The ministry was calling on the public to take special precautions when going to malaria areas, drain and fill neglected pools where mosquitoes could breed and to seek immediate treatment if one felt sick. A total of 20 districts along the borders of the country recorded high malaria incidents between January and June this year. the malaria control unit of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Zimbabwe, with more than 275 deaths recorded in march this year, was ranked the highest in southern Africa followed by South Africa which had 19 deaths. WHO said about 14,000 people were dying of the disease in southern Africa every year, with half of them being children below the age of 14.

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