Malaria Cases Increasing in Mulanje
Health authorities in Mulanje have expressed worry over the increase of malaria cases in the district.
District Malaria Coordinator Reagan Dulani in an interview with Zodiak Online said last year the district recorded 400 malaria cases in every 1,000 people far above national statistics which was 139 in every 1,000 people.
“We have been distributing mosquito nets frequently to people in the district and we did not expect to have such a rise in malaria cases here, but I think people are not using the nets as intended,” said Dulani.
However, Dulani says there is a significant decrease in malaria deaths from 13 deaths three years ago to seven last year.
Meanwhile, World Vision Malawi has intensified a health promotion campaign targeting under-five children in Njema Area Development Program in Mulanje district.
Development Facilitator for maternal, newborn and child health in Njema ADP Patricia Khruza told Zodiak Online that they are focusing on the prevention of diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, malaria, pneumonia and COVID-19.
“As a child-centered organization, WVM expects to see all children in Malawi and the whole world living a healthy life and it becomes very painful to see children succumbing to preventable and treatable diseases like diarrhea, cholera, malaria and pneumonia,” said Khruza.
The organization is implementing a similar health promotion campaign with the theme “its everyone’s right to be healthy” in 20 other ADPs across the country.