Malawi is on Monday celebrating World Malaria Day quietly as malaria remains the number one killer disease and is a drain on tax payers money in public health facilities.
At least six million people were down with malaria last year.
Spokesperson for Health ministry Adrian Chikumbe acknowledged the battle for malaria is far from being won as long as mosquitoes are still around.
“The Day has coincided with the distribution of mosquito nets. The government is distributing mosquito nets as part of the battle against malaria,” he said.
The day has also coincided with persistent shortages of anti malaria drug in some hospitals including Mzimba and Bwaila in Lilongwe blamed mainly on pilferages.
Health rights activist George Jobe said there was need for radio campaigns to bring awareness to Malawians on how to prevent malaria.
It is estimated that the cost of malaria per household in Malawi is US$35.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :