Thursday, August 22, 2019
Malaria Infections Soars

The cases of Malaria have increased by over 400,000 cases when compared with 2018 and 2019 from about 1 million cases in June 2018 to 1.4 million in June 2019 (40% increase). However, it is worth noting that cases are still low compared to 2017 and 2016 in the same period.

With all the efforts of government and my ministry, major gains have been made in the national malaria response over the last decade.

 Reported malaria deaths dropped from 6100 in 2015 to 5800 in 2016, to 5100 in 2017and to 3000 in 2018 over 40% drop in one year.

A trend of the drop in malaria cases has followed the same trend over the years.

The Malaria upsurge has affected half the country with approximately 65 districts involved. The affected areas include;

West Nile region, Acholi region, Lango except where Indoor Residual Spraying is ongoing (Dokolo, Alebtong, Lira, Otuke) , Busoga Region, Bunyoro Region

Buganda Region: Kyotera, Butambala, Kalangala, Luweero, Kampala, Kayunga, Buyikwe, Rakai, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Nakasongola, Karamoja Region

Teso Region; Soroti, Kumi, Amuria, Eastern Region: Namissindwa, Busia, Bulabuli, Mbale, Sironko, Manafwa, Western Uganda; Kamwenge, Kisoro, Kanungu

The increase in Malaria cases is attributed to the following reasons;

Seasonality: The most number of Malaria cases occur during the period of June- July due to the rainy season

Climate change: Prolonged intermittent rains in various parts of the country that have lasted till to date (August 2019)

Reduced net ownership and use due to the aging of nets distributed in 2017 to 2018 mass Long Lasting Insecticide-treated mosquito Nets

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