Malaria killed 24 Namibians between January and July in Kavango regions

29 Sep 2017 19:50pm
RUNDU, 29 SEP (NAMPA) – Twenty-four Namibians from the Kavango East and Kavango West regions and 12 Angolans who live close to the Namibian border, died of malaria between January and July this year.
This was revealed at the launch of the 2017 Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) on Thursday in Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region.
Chief Medical Officer at Rundu State Hospital, Dr Abiola Adesina told Minister of Health and Social Services, Bernard Haufiku and Angolan health officials who represented their minister Luis Sambo, that 26 342 local cases of malaria were recorded in the two regions and 6 052 of those cases came from Angola.
On his part, Haufiku said 43 000 cases of malaria were reported in Namibia this year, compared to 24 000 last year.
Haufiku said 80 per cent of all malaria cases recorded in the country were from the Kavango West Region, adding that the statistics were influenced by the proximity of the region to the Cuando Cubango Province in Angola, which lies on the other side of the Kavango River.
The IRS will be implemented in nine regions - Kavango East and Kavango West, Oshana, Oshikoto, Kunene, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Ohangwena and Omusati.
The IRS is conducted annually since its inception 1965.