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Chobe District Health Management Team (DHMT) has recorded a total of 22 cases of Malaria from the end of October 2023 to date, compared to 27 cases that were recorded last year same period.
This was revealed by Chobe DHMT Head of Preventive Services Dr Clement Mukadi in an interview. In an endeavour to disrupt the transmission of malaria in the district, the DHMT has completed the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) exercise that commenced on the 16th December 2023 ending on the 31st January 2024.
Mukadi said the main objective of the exercise was to kill mosquitoes as a malaria control measure. He stated that the exercise was also meant to prevent complication and death caused by malaria.
Mukadi noted that the exercise covered seven villages and these include Pandamatenga, Lesoma, Mabele, Kachikau, Satau and Parakarungu. According to him, the exercise covered 68% of the households against the targeted 85%.
However, Mukadi lamented that they still face challenges during the exercise and these include poor IRS coverage in some villages due to refusal by some, unavailability of people at home visited during the campaign and rainfall. Mukadi noted that to address the issue, they continue to provide public health education in which they involve district and community leaders, empowering the community to own the IRS.
Mukadi has since encouraged those who missed IRS or who may change their mind after refusal that they can register with health local facilities for possible targeted IRS before end of February.
He also urged the communities to keep the environment clean further encouraging the public to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around homes (stagnant water, old tyres containing water, neglected containers of water), to use malaria repellent and long-sleeved clothing.
“If one is unwell and experiencing fever, headache and body sickness, he/she should visit the nearest health facility to be tested for malaria because if malaria is untreated or treatment delayed, that can lead to death,’’ he advised.
Meanwhile, Mukadi indicated that the IRS did not cover Kasane and Kazungula villages because they use different interventions which is Long-lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) or nets. He added that the distribution of the nets is expected to start this February 2024 in the said villages.
Among the cases recorded, three were imported while the rest were local, with Parakarungu and Satau villages registering the highest number of four cases, followed by Kasane, Kazungula and Pandamatenga villages with three cases respectively.
Lesoma, Kavimba and Mabele villages registered one case each while Kachikau village registered two. The district has not yet recorded any malaria related death.