Malaria Kills More Than COVID-19 During 20 Days Of Lockdown

Malaria Kills More Than COVID-19 During 20 Days Of Lockdown

Zimbabwe’s first 21 days of lockdown has witnessed more records of malaria deaths and infections than COVID-19, a development that has left critics questioning the government.

The Ministry of Health on its Twitter handle yesterday said malaria claimed 131 deaths whilst updates on COVID-19 reports of three lives lost due to the global pandemic.

“The cumulative figures for malaria are 135 585 and 131 deaths. A total 201 malaria outbreaks have been reported throughout the country mostly from malarious provinces such as Manicaland, Masvingo and Mash East. 90 outbreaks have been controlled,” the Health Ministry says.

Zimbabwe has confirmed 25 positive cases including the three deaths and one recovery from the 2626 screening and diagnostics tests conducted.

18 690 malaria cases and 17 deaths were reported on the week that ended with Zimbabwe celebrating 40 years of independence.

“Of the reported cases, 1 935 (10.4%) were from the under five years of age. The deaths were reported from Mutoko District (4) in Mashonaland East Province, Mbire District (1),” the Ministry says.

“Mt Darwin (1) & Rushinga District (1) in Mashonaland Central Province, Mutare District (3) and Chimanimani (1) in Manicaland Province, Hurungwe District (1), Makonde District (1) in Mashonaland West Province and Bikita Distirct (1) and Chiredzi District (1) in Masvingo Province.”

Malaria prone district in Zimbabwe are Mt Darwin, Rushinga, Gokwe North, Gokwe South and Mudzi according to PSI and the highest risk of the disease’s transition is in the rainy season from October to May.

Government critics are already questioning the sincerity of malaria cases produced by the Zimbabwean authorities.

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