365 people in Mozambique killed by malaria between January and June:health ministry

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A worker of the Entomologist Research Centre takes a mosquito to analyse it for the presence of malaria parasite in Obuasi, Ashanti Region, on May 1, 2018. – The centre is set to control and prevent malaria through the analysis of parasites, mosquito monitoring and efficacy testing of insecticides. (Photo by CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP) (Photo credit should read CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaria killed 365 people in Mozambique in the first six months of this year, out of 35,136 people seriously infected with the disease, according to Health Minister Armindo Tiago.

This is a reduction in the figure for the same period in 2019 when 465 people died of malaria and 44,320 were seriously infected.

Although the number of malaria deaths has fallen, the total number of malaria cases (both mild and serious) is on the rise. The Health Ministry recorded 6,318,292 malaria cases in the first six months of 2019, and 6,685,873 cases from January to June this year, an increase of almost six percent.

The Minister announced these figures during the launch in Maputo of the Malaria Fund Association, which is intended to be a public-private partnership formed to mobilize resources to fill the current gaps in financing the struggle against malaria.

“It’s important to mention that we have maintained a reduction in the number of deaths from malaria over the past five years”, said Tiago, stressing that the country’s health units have improved their management of serious malaria cases.

Malaria remains one of the greatest public health problems in Mozambique because it is transmitted continually throughout the year

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