MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe
THE prevalence rate of malaria on the Copperbelt Province is high with the district recording 321,417 cases so far this year, Copperbelt permanent
secretary Elias Kamanga has said.
And Government is targeting to distribute 1.4 million treated mosquito nets on the Copperbelt this year.
Mr Kamanga said during a health workers’ meeting in Kitwe recently that malaria is still a big public health challenge in the nation as a whole and on the Copperbelt in particular.
He said the province recorded 321,417 cases of malaria in the province from January to date and that the high prevalence rate was confirmation that the disease needed to be eradicated.
He said Government wanted to use all the tools at its disposal to ensure diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis are eradicated by 2021.
And Mr Kamanga said the decentralisation of Medical Stores will improve the accessibility and availability of essential drugs to patients in the province.