Namibia observes resurgence of Malaria

23 Apr 2016 12:20pm
OUTAPI, 23 APR (NAMPA) – Namibia has made tremendous progress in reducing Malaria cases by 98 per cent and deaths by 95 per cent from 2001 to 2015, said Health and Social Services Deputy Minister Juliet Kavetuna.
She said this at Outapi in the Omusati Region on the occasion of an early commemoration of World Malaria Day on Friday.
Kavetuna pointed out that the reduction in Malaria cases and deaths demonstrates the country has met the Abuja Target and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 of reducing Malaria mortality and morbidity by 60 per cent.
However, the country observed Malaria resurgence/outbreaks in 2014, when cases and deaths increased in several regions.
“The situation improved somewhat in 2015, only to see focalised outbreaks occur again in the first quarter of 2016,” Kavetuna explained.
She said Malaria outbreaks have been registered this current Malaria season in the regions of Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango East, Omusati, Oshana, Kavango West and Zambezi.
Kavango East and Kavango West top the list in Malaria incidents, followed by Zambezi, Omusati and Ohangwena.
The registered Malaria cases for the past three years, Kavetuna said, exceeded 3 163 cases in 2012; 4 228 in 2013; 16 115 in 2014; and 12 115 in 2015.
“These increases in Malaria cases were not only registered in our country, but also in our southern African neighbours such Angola and Botswana,” stated the deputy minister.
Kavetuna suggested the world to find a way to meet the funding gaps, providing endemic countries with the resources and technical support to implement sound Malaria control and put prevention measures in place.
Speaking at the same event, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Namibia, Monirul Islam noted that the number of Malaria cases globally fell from an estimated 262 million in 2000 to 214 million in 2015.
“About 88 per cent of these cases in 2015 are estimated to have occurred in the WHO African Region,” Islam said.
World Malaria Day is marked on 25 April each year.
This year’s theme is ‘End Malaria for Good’.