Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has reaffirmed its commitment to attain a malaria free Zambia by 2021.
Dr. Chilufya said government’s malaria elimination strategy has an estimation of over US$ 694 million from 2017 to 2021.
The Minister added that government has also shown commitment by increasing domestic budgetary allocation to malaria elimination by over 300 percent in the last three decades.
He further noted that as the country seeks to eliminate malaria, it is imperative to expand coverage and accessibility of vector control tools such as distribution of long lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (ITNs) and Indoor Residue Spraying (IRS) even in most rural and remote areas of the country.
The Minister pointed out that from May 2017, government has distributed over 10.4 million Insecticide Treatment Nets which he said is the biggest number of Nets ever distributed in a calendar year.
Dr. Chilufya added that government has further planned to commence community based distribution of ITNs to ensure that they are made available whenever needed.
He said this in Kabwe today when he graced the commemoration of the National Malaria Day under the theme “Ready to Beat Malaria”.
Meanwhile, the Minister noted that coverage of Indoor Residual Spraying has increased from about 1.8 million eligible structures to 2.3 million structures during the 2017-2018 spraying season.
He said the development has resulted in the protection of approximately 7.7 million people from malaria.
And USAID Director Patrick Diskin noted his organisation has in the last 10 years worked with Zambia to eliminate malaria in form of funding and provision of mosquito nets.
He observed that with continued partnership in eliminating malaria, the fight against the disease will be won.
Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan who was represented by World Health Organisation (WHO) Officer- Incharge Mary Bwalya, indicated that the UN remains committed to eliminating malaria.
She said malaria has continued to rob a lot of lives and impact negatively in both regional and global countries.
During the event, Dr. Chilufya also launched guideline documents for elimination of Malaria by 2021.