Caála — At least 57 people have died of malaria from January to April this year in Caála municipality in central Huambo province, said Thursday the local Health director, Marinela Zau.
Speaking to ANGOP on the Strategic Epidemiological Plan for Covid-19, Marinela Zau said the authorities have recorded an increase of 29 deaths compared to the same period in 2019.
The deaths resulted from 10,976 cases, while in the same period last year 10,293 people showed positive symptoms of malaria, a disease transmitted by mosquito bites, the official said.
The health official also explained that the authorities registered an increase of 673 positive cases this year, a situation that requires the intensification of awareness campaigns in the door-to-door method, for the improvement of basic sanitation and correct use of the mosquito net.
Despite the increase in positive cases and deaths, local health authorities are in control of the situation with reinforcement of home fumigation campaigns as part of anti-larval strategies, she said.
With four communes, which make up a territorial extension of 3,680 square kilometers and 331,21 inhabitants, Caala municipality has 31 health units provided by 532 employees, 18 of whom are doctors.