Angola: 21,000 litres of larvicide to fight malaria, 9,000 deaths this year

Angola has received 21,000 litres of larvicide, a product to eliminate mosquito larvae, as part of its strategy to combat malaria, which this year has caused over 9,000 deaths in 6,000,000 cases, the government said on Monday.

A press release issued today by the Ministry of Health said that the product was purchased in Tanzania and distributed in all country municipalities to treat 21,000 hectares.

Speaking to the press, the secretary of state for public health, Franco Mufinda, said that one of the strategies of the Ministry of Health is the control of the mosquito at this stage, demonstrating “the concern of the government for the reduction of the impact of malaria on society”.

Franco Mufinda said that from January to August this year, the country had registered around 6,000,000 million malaria cases and just over 9,000 deaths.

“In the same period last year, there were around 5,000,000 cases and around 8,100 deaths, and this year we had some outbreaks in the provinces of Benguela and Huambo, but also pressing concerns in Malanje and Kwanza Sul,” he said.

The Angolan minister noted that as well as this strategy, “which is primordial,” of attacking the mosquito in its larval phase, it was also necessary to fight the mosquito in its adult phase through fumigation. Municipal administrations had carried out this activity.

“There is a whole plan in place to be able to distribute this product. The approach to malaria is a multi-sectoral approach, and the responsibility is individual and should start in the families,” he stressed.

According to Franco Mufinda, residents’ committees should help better manage the rubbish in the ponds, where the core of the problem lies, and not wait for the health authorities, “who are in the last place in this chain of responsibilities, managing the sick.

“We should not wait for there to be malaria patients, but rather prevent us from having mosquitoes. That role belongs to all of us,” he stressed.

Malaria is the leading cause of death in Angola.