Chiredzi villagers to get mosquito nets from Monday

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CHIREDZI – Villagers in the Lowveld will from Monday March 27, 2022 get the Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) during the 10-day distribution period, a district health environmental officer has said.

The nets are to be used for the prevention of the spread of malaria. Villagers are being warned against abusing the nets by taking them for fishing.

The nets will be distributed by the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in partnership with Plan International Zimbabwe.

Thirty-nine people were killed by malaria in Chiredzi in 2020 while 17 714 tested positive to the infection.

Lovemore Manyanye, the District Environment Health Officer told stakeholders sensitization during a meeting held at Chitsanga Hall on Wednesday that the aim is to put an end to Malaria in Chiredzi. 

“Chiredzi is one of the areas which is highly affected by Malaria and we are on the control stage where we are still being affected by Malaria.

“Our aim is to reach the elimination stage where no one dies from Malaria and our target is to reduce Malaria deaths by 90%,” said Manyanye.

The distribution of LLINs will start on Monday (27 March) and the distribution will run for 10 days.

The programme is targeting wards 12, 16, 28 and 29 in Chiredzi rural since they are the areas which have been mostly affected by Malaria.

District Medical Officer, Brian Ndhladhlara who spoke on the sidelines of the meeting said the programme will cater for all households in the selected wards.

“We selected the wards which are at high risk and of all the selected wards, every household will benefit from these nets,” said Ndhladhlara.

Manyanye told The Mirror that over the years they have been using other methods of Malaria prevention such as use of Indoor Residual Spraying(IRS) but the method had faced massive resistance especially from urban areas.

Dr Ndhladhlara said in 2020, 8770 males tested positive to Malaria whilst 8944 females tested positive.

In 2021 there was a decline as 3142 males tested positive whilst 2159 females also tested positive to Malaria. Only 3 Malaria related deaths were recorded.https://masvingomirror.com/

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