Malawi Launches Malaria National Mass Net Distribution Campaign
Minister of health and Population in Malawi has launched Malaria national mass net distribution campaign.
Speaking during the launch at Chapola Village Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi Muluzi urged Malawians to use the free mosquito nets properly.
Muluzi said the nets are for free hence the need for everyone access them.
“Government is making efforts to meet the 60 percent demand for ring nets,” Muluziexpressed.
He has meanwhile urged parents to ensure that their children access healthcare early when they are sick, adding doing so will reduce malarial related deaths in children.
World Health Organizations representative Dr Lesley Galula said there is need to find ways for communities to easy access Malaria treatment for the pandemic to be reduced.
He said “in 2015, Africa reduced her malaria related deaths by 42%.”
He called upon government to ensure that the campaign is complete, inclusive and no one is left behind for the campaigns to achieve its goals.
Dr Hazel Nyathi World Vision country director said poverty is compounding malaria cases hence the need for collaborative efforts to end the pandemic.
She also said the nets will be distributed to highly Malaria prevalence areas for the cases to be reduced.
“10.9 Million nets are expected to be distributed in the country, and 9 million nets have already arrived,” Nyati disclosed.
Commenting Mangochi district council chair Twaha Salanje said in 2012 cases of Malaria were reduced to 12 % after the district distributed mosquito nets and sprayed some medicines.
“Its very unfortunately that last year cases increased to 36 % due to shortages of interventions,” said Salanje
Member of Parliament for the Mangochi Nkungulu constituency Aisha Mambo Adams has asked the communities to use the treated mosquito nets wisely for the campaign to be effective.
“I am very worried with the delay to open Chapola clinic and Ukalanga maternity wing will help the community to access health services closer to their villages,” complained Adams
According to a survey report of 2017 Malawi is making progress in reducing the prevalence of malaria.