Ondjiva — The director of the National Programme of Fight Against Malaria, Filomeno Fortes, said Tuesday in Ondjiva, southern Cunene province, Angola will start a nationwide process of pre-elimination of malaria in 2015 in the country’s southern region.
The official was speaking on the fringes of the cross-border meeting on malaria combat involving Angola and Namibia from August 13-14 in Ondjiva.
Filomeno Fortes said that despite the drop in the disease and death rates, malaria is still the most deadly sickness in the country.
He said Angola stands a good chance of starting the pre-elimination process as the authorities and partners are committed to lowering more and more the malaria death rate.
According to the official, in order to further reduce the prevalence of the disease in the country, the Angolan Government designed the cross-border project of cooperation with the neigbhouring republic of Namibia.
He said that Cunene is a good example as to how the project is feasible as in less than two years the authorities noted a drop in the death rates to 35 percent and disease prevalence to 20 percent, making of it a pioneer in the pre-elimination process.
The physician recalled that five years ago, the country recorded a yearly average of 15,000 to 20,000 deaths, against 6,000 in 2011, which makes believe that the figures might further drop to 4,000 death.
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