131 die of Malaria in first four months of 2020

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AT LEAST 131 Zimbabweans have succumbed to Malaria since the beginning of the year, a 10 percent increase from the 118 deaths recorded by May last year, statistics released by the Health and Child Care ministry reveal.

Observers say the number could be higher since some cases are never reported.

“The cumulative figures for malaria are 135 585 and 131 deaths,” the ministry of Health and Child Care on Saturday wrote on their official twitter account.

A total 201 malaria outbreaks have been reported throughout the country mostly from malarious provinces such as Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East.

Ninety outbreaks have been controlled, the ministry said.

“18 690 malaria cases and 17 deaths were reported this week,” ministry of Health and Child Care said.

“Of the reported cases, 1 935 (10.4%) were from the under five years of age. The deaths were reported from Mutoko District (4) in Mashonaland East Province, Mbire District (1), Mt Darwin (1) and Rushinga District (1) in Mashonaland Central Province.

“Mutare District (3) and Chimanimani (1) in Manicaland Province, Hurungwe District (1), Makonde District (1) in Mashonaland West Province and Bikita Distirct (1) and Chiredzi District (1) in Masvingo Province, Mpilo Central Hospital (1) and UBH (1) in Bulawayo Province,” the ministry added.

According to the World Health Organisation, Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.

It is preventable and curable.

In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide.

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