4.9% reduction in Malaria

Zimbabwe has recorded a 4.9 percent reduction in malaria incidences against the set target of 6.8 percent, a top government official has said.

The statistics were revealed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare Dr Douglas Mombeshora during the official opening of the National Malaria Conference in Mutare recently.

Mombeshora was thrilled by the statistics since they surpassed the Abuja and United Nations set targets of 6.9 per cent.

“Today I stand in front of you with great satisfaction and pride because we were not only able to achieve the Abuja targets and the United Nations Secretary General’s targets, but we also managed to surpass these targets. Zimbabwe managed to reduce malaria incidence rate to 4, 9 percent in 2010, thereby surpassing the Abuja 2010 target of 6, 8 percent,” he said.

He further called on the government to focus much on the shift from malaria control to malaria pre-elimination, which will he said will be kick started in Matebeleland South province next year.

Mombeshora emphasized that where the SADC region had set targets of at least 80 percent, Zimbabwe had adjusted the targets and mechanisms were in place to monitor the progress in achieving these targets.

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