Namibia : 24 000 Positive for Malaria in Kavango Regions

A worker of Anglogold Ashanti Malaria Ltd sprays the walls of a house with insecticide against mosquitos on May 2, 2018 in Adansi Domeabra, near Obuasi, Ashanti Region. A worker sprays the walls of a house with insecticide against mosquitoes on May 2, 2018. Photo : AFP

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – About 132 304 people were tested for malaria at health facilities in the Kavango East and Kavango West regions, of whom 24 406 (18%) were positive since January.

These figures were revealed on Monday during an interview with regional health director of the Kavango East region Timea Ngwira, who said since January, about 32 people have died of malaria in both regions.

“Malaria is endemic in the two Kavango regions, meaning that it is present throughout the year. However, there is a marked increase of positive cases during the rainy seasons,” she observed.

Ngwira said that there are four health districts in the two Kavango regions, namely Andara, which has a population of 30 925 and tested 18 630 cases, of which 3 191 were positive, while Nankudu with a population of 49 956 tested 42 707, of whom 9 583 were positive.

The district of Nyangana has a population of 40 441, of whom 13 297 were tested for malaria and 2 332 were positive, while Rundu with a population 118 944 tested 57 670 people, of which 9 300 cases were positive.

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