The Mozambican government launched on Wednesday the Malaria Strategic Plan, aiming to fight against the rampant disease in Mozambique.

Speaking at the launch of the program, Health Minister Nazira Abdula said that the 2017-2022 Malaria Strategic Plan provides the strategic basis needed for a multi-sectoral approach to reduce morbidity and mortality from malaria.

Abdula acknowledged that malaria continues to be one of the greatest public health problems in Mozambique and the disease has caused a considerable number of fatalities, despite the progress made in reducing in-hospital deaths.

The epidemiological profile shows that, in 2016, a total of 7.5 million cases of malaria were registered from the health units and communities, representing an increase of 18 percent in relation to cases reported in the same period of 2015; and a 32 percent decrease in deaths (1,685 deaths in 2016 compared to 2,465 in 2015),” said the minister.

The high burden of malaria is a major concern for the Mozambican government, since it negatively interferes with the economic activities and social development of the country, causing high absenteeism rate as well as the loss of labor force.

Mozambique is one of the most plagued by the various mosquito “anopheles” in the world, only after Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, India and Mali.

Health authorities indicate that malaria is the cause of 40 percent of outpatient visits, 60 percent of hospitalizations for children and 30 percent of deaths occurring in Mozambique’s hospital units. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/



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