From Xinhua News Agency
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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