Lunte District Administrative Officer Vincent Phiri has expressed concern at the high rate of malaria cases in Museni village in Lunte district.
Mr. Phiri said the district has continued to struggle with high malaria incidents despite the measures government has put in place.
He noted that the disease accounts for the majority of sickness in the district with pregnant women and children most affected with disease.
Mr. Phiri attributed the high incident of the disease to lack of adherence by the public on malaria prevention measures.
He explained that government through the Ministry of Health has since partnered with stakeholders such as traditional leaders to educate people on malaria prevention.
The Administrative Officer noted some of the programs that have been put in place to fight the disease include distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets, and indoor residual spraying among others.
Mr. Phiri has since called on community members to join hands with government in the fight against malaria.
Meanwhile, Mungwi District Administrative Officer Mwape Mumbi has emphasized the need to scale up programs aimed at sensitizing the public on the dangers of the disease.
Mr. Mumbi has since reaffirmed government’s commitment to working with various stakeholders in scaling up interventions to effectively eliminate Malaria by 2021.
This year’s world Malaria day was being celebrated under the theme ‘’Zero Malaria starts with me’’.
Meanwhile, The Ministry of General Education in conjunction with Ministry of Health have distributed 9, 216 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to primary school pupils in Kalabo district.
District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) office in Kalabo has confirmed the development saying the programme is being funded by Global Fund.
DEBS Planner Chuma Kaitwa said the programme targets grade 1 to 4 pupils.
Mrs. Kaitwa said 85 primary and two private schools in the district have benefited from the ongoing programme.
Meanwhile, Kalabo District Public Health Officer Maimpa Mumba says the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to primary school pupils plays a crucial role in malaria prevention.
Mr. Mumba, who is also Public Health Association of Zambia (PHAZ) President, explained that primary school pupils have been targeted because they fall within the vulnerability index.
He further explained that primary school pupils are also considered as good agents of change and communication in terms of malaria prevention.
He said the mosquito nets are given to grade 1 pupils and replenished in three years’ time when they attain grade 4.