Ukerewe district leads in high malaria prevalence’

21Jul 2021
The Guardian
Ukerewe district leads in high malaria prevalence’

UKEREWE District in Mwanza Region leads in high malaria prevalence for three years running – 2017 to 2019 due to its environmental considerations.

This was here yesterday disclosed by Mwanza Regional Commissioner Eng. Robert Gabriel when opening a stakeholders meeting on the national malaria eradication programme.

He said in 2017 Ukerewe District led in having 52.6 per cent malaria prevalence whereas insecticide spraying efforts were conducted to reduce the prevalence to 38 per cent in 2020.

"Research on the disease’s symptoms last conducted in 2017, Mwanza region still had a high malaria infection prevalence at 8.1 per cent. More than the national average of 7.3 per cent,” he said and added that this level was at the community level, and Ukerewe district was among the districts with high malaria prevalence. 

The RC said the aim of the exercise is to respond to the national slogan that says “Zero Malaria Starts with Me, I am taking Steps to Eradicate It,” adding that for that to happen, the region has begun with areas with many breeding grounds including Ukerewe District.

He called on the people to prepare themselves and allow stakeholders to spray malaria insecticide in the houses.

Ukerewe District Executive Director, Esther Chaula said various efforts were being taken to make sure they finish the problem including spraying of “Ukoko” insecticide in houses to ensure infections continue to drop to zero per cent.

Acting Mwanza Regional Medical Officer Dr Selas Wambura said the insecticide is among essential ways in fighting malaria infections as it has been scientifically proven. 

"Last year we implemented the exercise and attained 94 per cent of the target we had set even though some people refused the spraying due to misleading beliefs, but we shall make sure no house will be skipped this time,” said Dr Wambura.

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