New statistics show malaria on decline
Written by: Daniel Tuyizere
Thursday, April 27th, 2017, 11:41
Following years of decline in malaria cases, the year 2015 yet experienced an increase in malaria infections, this was revealed during event to observe the annual world malaria day in Huye District.
The residents of Simbi sector where the activities to mark the malaria day took place said that the malaria had almost became an epidemic even after taking preventive measures like sleeping in mosquito nets.
Nathalie Nyirahabimana, a nurse at Simbi health centre said that malaria had increased in that region and were receiving a big number of cases at the health centre. She attributed the rise to swamps in the area which become breading places for mosquitoes.
According to the statistics from Simbi health centre, from July 2016 to March this year, 10,915 out of 22,187 patients were diagnosed with malaria. Huye District is among the top districts with a big number of malaria cases.
Malaria is a global and regional priority given that it continues to claim a big number of people around the world and most of those are in Africa.
From 2016, the government of Rwanda and stakeholders developed a malaria contingency plan with the multi sector approach to address the malaria cases in the country.
Different strategies have been implemented and they have reduced severe malaria cases by 50% between November 2016 and March 2017, such initiatives include home based management for Malaria at community level set up countrywide, distribution of long lasting insecticide nets and, indoor residual spraying which was done in Kirehe, Nyagatare, Gatsibo and Gisagara district.
The ministry of health is also reinforcing mass and community awareness and education activities to emphasis more on preventive measures, proper use of bed nets, environmental hygiene and sanitation and seeking early treatment.
All people under the household social economic categories, ubudehe one and two countrywide access malaria treatment free of charge in trying to address financial barriers in seeking medical services.