KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
Severe malaria cases and deaths declined
in Rwanda in 2017, an official said Wednesday.
deaths dropped from about 490 in 2016 to 300 in 2017
thanks to interventions, said the director of vector
control of Rwanda Biomedical Center Emmanuel Hakizimana.
interventions by the government include distribution of
treated bed nets, training community health workers on
treating malaria among adults, unlike before when they
only treated children under five, according to the
Rwanda Biomedical Center.
the national celebrations of the World Malaria Day were
postponed until May to coincide with the national health
week, according to the ministry of health.
malaria cases jumped to 4.7 million in 2017 up from
400,000 cases in 2014, statistics from the Rwanda
Biomedical Center show.
eastern Rwanda such as Kirehe, Bugesera and Ngoma were
mapped as most prone to malaria outbreaks, according to
Mbituyumuremyi, director of other blood-borne infections
and sexually transmitted infections unit at Rwanda
Biomedical Center, on Wednesday attributed the
increasing malaria cases to increased resistance to
interventions, saying mosquitoes adapted to drugs and
there were an estimated 445,000 deaths from malaria
globally, 91 percent of which are in Africa, according
to the World Health Organization.
countries accounted for 80 percent of global malaria
deaths in 2016 and all of these countries are in
sub-Saharan Africa, except for India, said the report.