Thousands killed in raging Angola malaria epidemic

Burundi Malariafrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – AN outbreak of malaria has killed at least 3 853 people since the beginning of this year.

The deaths have been recorded from 1,5 million cases, representing the worst outbreak of disease in two years.

In 2016, Southern Africa’s biggest country by size recorded 1,3 million cases of yellow fever. Some 377 Angolans died from the fever that also battered neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

José Vieira Dias da Cunha, Angola Secretary of State for Health, confirmed the deadly malaria continued wreaking havoc in the Bengo, Cuanza Norte and Huambo Provinces, which are the most endemic regions.

He was speaking in the capital Luanda at an event held to devise ways to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease in the country of 29 million people.
More than 300 technicians from around Angola attended the event.

Following the malaria crisis, the Ministry of Health recently launched the Contingency Plan for Malaria Control aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality from the disease.

Objectives of the plan include meeting World Health Organisation goals, reducing the burden of malaria by 90 percent by 2023, putting Angola on the list of the positive countries in fighting malaria.

The malaria outbreak has been attributed to the heavy rains that pummeled Angola between September last year and last month.

Stagnant water is a favourable breeding ground for mosquitoes amid poor water drainage systems in Angolan cities.

Health authorities have declared 2018 as an epidemiological year.
– CAJ News

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