The Angolan Ministry of Health, together with the Trans Cunene Malaria Initiative (TKMI), tested more than 450 people for malaria at the border post of Santa Clara, Angola. The effort ran alongside World Malaria Day activities on April 25th. The article below was originally published in Portuguese.
Ondjiva - 450 people will be tested during the second phase of the voluntary testing campaign against malaria, which runs from the 19th to 23rd this month at the border post of Santa - Clara, Cunene province, Angola.
The testing campaign fits into the plan of activities in conjunction with the April 25th World Malaria Day celebration, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Trans Cunene Malaria Initiative (TKMI).
At the opening of the campaign, the head of the Department of Public Health and Control of Endemic Diseases, Felix Belarmino Satyohamba said that the objective of activities is to complete a study on malaria plasmodium in the TKMI area, which runs between the southern border and the Republic of Namibia, in order to facilitate preventive measures.
"Our intention is to test the largest number of people possible in order to minimize cases of the disease that has increased in recent times, in order to unify the health centers, reduce mortality rates and ensure prevention among people," he said.
The official explained that this is the second round of testing of malaria, part of a study which will end in September this year. Other activities include a gender activity program on April 30th which will be held in the municipalities of Cuanhama and Cuvelai.
Felix Belarmino Satyohamba informed that during the first round of this campaign, held between March 2014 and October 2015, over a thousand people were tested.
Statistics of Provincial Health Department in Cunene indicate that the first quarter of 2016 15,561 new cases of malaria were recorded, resulting in the death of 82 people, compared to 7,950 cases and 55 deaths the previous period.