4/27/16

State commited to eradicate malaria come 2025


THE government has expressed its commitment towards eliminating malaria, one of the leading killer diseases in tropical countries, by 2025.





Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu made the commitment when addressing the press here on Monday.

She said the government was committed to eliminate malaria prevalence ahead of 2030, the global deadline set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

She said since the average prevalence rate dropped to 10 percent in 2012 from 18 percent in 2008, it is therefore possible to reduce malaria incidence to 5 percent by 2016 and one percent by 2020.

“We can beat the deadline. Everyone should play their part as the government is now moving to strengthen awareness campaigns especially the use of treated nets in rural and urban areas,” she said when delivering the official statement on the World Malaria Day.

Malaria prevalence is high in rural communities which stood at 10.7 percent while in urban area it is pegged at 3.4 percent.

Thanking former president Jakaya Kikwete for his efforts during his tenure to fight malaria, she noted that the government was implementing a number of programs such as School Net Program (SNP) to attain the goal.

She said other plans are to control mosquitos through fumigation in mosquito breeding areas, improve use of mRDT during malaria screening and free distribution of Sulphadoxine Pyrimethamine (SP) among expectant mothers.
“We have distributed 20 million mosquito treated nets to 18 regions in Tanzania Mainland.

The exercise in four pending regions Dar es Salaam Coastal, Morogoro and Tanga will resume after completion of registration process,” she said.
Government figures show that the rate of malaria testing among Tanzanians has increased to 83 from 80 percent.

Shortage of essential malaria drugs has dropped significantly to 6 percent in 2016 from 25 percent in 2012. She challenged the general public not to treat every fever as malaria.
Weka Maoni Yako Hapa
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