Malaria outbreak overwhelms Burundi

Burundi MalariaFrom OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – BURUNDI is engaged in frenzied efforts to stop an escalating malaria outbreak ravaging the country and resulting in the death of some 870 people since the beginning of the year.
The crisis-torn East African country is facing a major epidemic with over eight million cases in 2016 and almost two million to date in 2017.
This is out of a population of less than 11 million people.
Health districts in northern, central and eastern regions are the most affected with the highest incidences reported in Kirundo, Muyinga, Karusi and Cankuzo provinces, followed by Ngozi, Kayanza, Gitega, Rutana and Ruyigi.
The Ministry of Health has approved an outbreak response plan foreseeing a number of main interventions.
These include strengthening the routine diagnostic and treatment of malaria in health centres, mass treatment, vector control with drug distribution and indoor residual spraying in targeted zones, communication behaviour changes activities and strengthening surveillance.
Meanwhile, recent flooding swept away a child and submerged more than 100 is worsening the situation and providing conducive atmosphere for mosquitoes to breed.
The capital Bujumbura has suffered the most severe inclement weather in the Buterere, Kamenge and Kinama areas.
Alongside the devastated homes, public and private infrastructure have been flooded and destroyed.
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