The Cross Border Malaria Initiative in Western Province has injected more than $500,000 towards the fight against malaria in the province.
Speaking to ZANIS in Mongu today, Cross Border Malaria Initiative Programme Coordinator Monica Mvula said her organization has trained 550 community volunteers in six (6) districts to spearhead the malaria STEP D programme.
Mrs. Mvula named the districts as Kalabo, Sesheke, Sioma and Shango’mbo.
She further named the other districts as Mitete and Sikongo where community health workers were conducting the ‘test’ and ‘treat’ of malaria cases upon identification of an index case from a health facility.
The Cross Border Malaria Initiative Coordinator also visited TAPO Clinic in Kalabo and expressed happines with the activities being done by the community volunteers there.
And Kalabo District Medical Director, Kamwi Mundia pledged the department’s total commitment in the promotion of good health seeking behaviours among the people in the district.
Meanwhile Western Province Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba has commended the organization for supporting Government in reducing the malaria cases in the region.
The PS said Government cherishes the support it was receiving from various cooperating partners in the fight against major communicable diseases in the country.
Mr. Liomba noted that malaria has continued to be one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the nation hence the need to double the efforts towards the elimination of the disease by 2021.
The PS said this when the organization paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Mongu.