Burundi (Xinhua) -- The Burundian
government has declared malaria an epidemic as the
number of deaths from the disease passed 700 in the
first three months of the year.
basis of conclusions made by a team of experts of the
World Health Organization (WHO) and updates made by the
national epidemiological surveillance system, the
ministry confirms that Burundi is these days facing a
malaria epidemic,” Burundian Public Health and AIDS
Control Minister Dr Josiane Nijimbere said on Monday
evening in a press briefing.
her, at least 700 people died as a result of malaria
since January this year until March 10.
that an average of ten persons are killed by malaria
every day in Burundi,” Nijimbere said.
that statistics show that out of some 10 million people
living in Burundi, over 8.1 million of them had malaria
said, “Since the beginning of this year (2017), health
structures countrywide recorded over 1.8 million malaria
cases, that is, a 13 percent increase of malaria cases
comparing to the same period in 2016.”
that the most affected areas include Burundi’s northern
provinces including Kirundo, Muyinga, Karusi and the
eastern province of Cankuzo.
affected provinces with a somewhat reduced rate include
Ngozi, Kayanza, Gitega, Rutana and Ruyigi.
indicated that the reason behind malaria rise include
climate change and failure to use preventive measures
like the use of mosquito nets.
“We have set
up a strategic plan to address the malaria epidemic. The
needed budget is estimated at 31 million U.S. dollars
and we have started the mobilization of those funds. We
are going to distribute free drugs to malaria patients
and we have also set up mobile clinics in the most
affected areas,” Nijimbere said.
indicated that some extra medical staff members are
going to be deployed to the most affected areas.
“We are also
going to distribute mosquito nets and we will sensitize
citizens how to use them properly,” Nijimbere added.
time that the east African nation declared malaria an
epidemic was in 2002.
killed as landslide topples house in Burundi
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua)
-- Five children died when
their house collapsed in a landslide on Thursday night
in Burundi’s Cibitoke province, authorities said Friday.
There was heavy rain when the landslide hit the
house, located at the foot of a mountain, Mabayi
District Administrator Pascal Basarurwuzuye told Xinhua
According to him, nine people, including two parents
and seven children, were sleeping in the house around
midnight when the mountain landslide happened.
Basarurwuzuye indicated that the five children who
died were sleeping in a room close to the mountain.
Also on Thursday night, 269 houses were destroyed
following heavy rains mixed with a violent wind that hit
neighborhoods in the north of the Burundian capital
Jeanne Nakiteretse, head of Carama zone, said 53
houses were completely damaged while 91 others are in
dangers of collapse in various neighborhoods at Carama.
The two local administration authorities told Xinhua
that other infrastructures like schools were also
Both authorities indicated that "thousands of people
have become homeless" and therefore need urgent
Traffic was also disrupted in the north of Bujumbura
as a result of rains that flooded most of roads and