Ministry of Health promotes reflection to analyze the situation of fighting against mosquitoes on the Santiago Island

Praia, April 19 (Inforpress) – The Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Program (PNLP) will hold a meeting this Wednesday in Praia, a reflection session on the fight against mosquitoes in Santiago Island.

Speaking to Inforpress, Antonio Moreira, the national coordinator of the fight against vector-borne diseases, said that the event, which is part of the activities to commemorate World Anti-Malaria Day, April 25, aims to analyze with Health structures the situation of mosquito control on the island.

“We will specifically analyze the Santiago Island, because last year all cases of autochthonous malaria were registered in Praia City. The intention is to gather to take stock of what was done last year, identify constraints, difficulties, obstacles and ways to overcome them,” he said.

In the country, the malaria rate has been residual, that’s  why the archipelago was rewarded for efforts to combat the disease by the Alliance of African Leaders for Malaria, after obtaining a coverage rate of 95% of insecticide-impregnated nets to prevent contamination.

In 2016 the country was confronted with 50 cases, 26 imported and 24 autochthonous, resulting in one death. In 2015 the malaria registry was seven indigenous cases and 21 imported.

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