Despite fervent efforts to combating it, Malaria is still a major health concern in the country, chief of health services in the Ministry of Health Dr. Charles Mwansambo says.
Mwansambo said “women and expectant women continue to be affected a great deal.”
But, according to Mwansambo, the Ministry and its partners are implementing a National Strategic Plan (2011-2016) with the goal of scaling up Malaria interventions towards attainment of the national vision of a ‘Malaria Free Malawi.’
“Specifically, we are striving for progress in achieving prompt and effective anti-malarial drug treatment, use of insecticide treatment nets and indoor residual spraying and prevention of Malaria in pregnant women,” he said.
Malawi registers an estimated 4 million Malaria cases annually.
A survey the Ministry conducted recently shows there has been considerable progress in scaling up interventions and controlling Malaria.
According to the survey, Malaria prevalence rate reduced from 43% in 2010 to 33% in 2014 while net ownership increased from 58% in 2010 to 70% in 2014.