Govt worried about malaria cases increase in Katete

By Staff Reporter

Government has bemoaned the increment in malaria incidences in Katete District between 2015 to 2018.

Katete District Health Office and Malaria Elimination Officer Richard Chirwa said the district from 2011 to 2015 had recorded a significant reduction in malaria cases but recorded an increase between 2015 and 2018.

Chirwa said in 2011 the district had 993 cases per 1000 and by 2015 dropped to 125 incidences per 1000, which later started increasing showing a 289 incidence per 1000 by 2018.

Chirwa was speaking during the World Malaria Day preparatory meeting held in Katete over the weekend.

“the increase in malaria incidences is due to the refusal by the public to have their houses sprayed during the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS)sessions. It is important that the district should get back to the days when the incidences were reducing and ensure that we maintain the momentum,” said Chirwa

He said as a district it was necessary that all efforts to eliminate the disease were put together so that by 2021 there would be zero malaria incidences in the district.

“Government had realized that it was spending a lot of money in the control of the disease and has since decided to take on the elimination course to ensure that malaria is eliminated by 2021,” he said

Chirwa added that government was committed to eliminating the disease and it was therefore important that the public supported the agenda by ensuring that their homes were sprayed against mosquitoes that cause malaria.