14 Mar 2017 07:50am
WINDHOEK, 14 MAR (NAMPA) Vice-President, Nickey Iyambo is concerned that the recent rains in northern Namibia could lead to increased cases of malaria.
He expressed his concern during a courtesy visit by Malaria Elimination Eight (E8) representatives on Monday.
Iyambo said malaria remains a problem in the country, with 46 people perished since January this year despite efforts to control its spread.
He said the northern regions are most affected, partly due to the downpours in that part of the country.
There are areas full of stagnant water, which have become breeding places for mosquitoes.
The E8 refers to eight southern African countries with the highest malaria transmission and deaths. They are Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The six-member delegation was led by former Minister of Health and Social Services, Richard Kamwi, who is the Southern African Development Community (SADC) E8 ambassador.
Kamwi said the E8 has established its headquarters in Windhoek, with a secretariat consisting of 17 supporting staff and experts from France, as well as eight focal people from the eight countries.
The initiative has partnered with other organisations such as the Global Health Group (a group of global health experts) and other organisations to find lasting solutions.
Global Health Group Director, Richard Feachem said the E8 aims to find practical solutions to fighting malaria by decoupling heavy rain and malaria, which requires a lot of strategies.
The Director of the E8 in Namibia, Kudzai Makomva said surveillance and intervention efforts have been set up in northern Namibia to support the Ministry of Health in fighting malaria in that part of the country.
We are also working with environmental health workers in the ministry, screening the communities against the disease, Makomva said.