Malaria Claims Over 200 Lives In Eastern Province

Malaria Claims Over 200 Lives In Eastern Province.

OVER 200 people including children under the age of five have died of malaria this year in Eastern Province.

And eight people have died of rabies out of 990 dog bites recorded in Eastern Province this year.

Eastern Province assistant secretary Royd Tembo said out of the 202 malaria deaths recorded this year, 122 were children.

Mr Tembo said this during the fourth quarter provincial epidemics preparedness control meeting in Chipata on Friday.

On rabies, provincial disease surveillance officer Jordan Banda said Petauke district recorded three deaths, while Chipata, Chadiza, Lundazi, Katete and Nyimba recorded one each.

Mr Banda said this when he presented the status of epidemics report at the epidemics preparedness control meeting.

“ This year, the province recorded eight human deaths out of 990 dog bites recorded in the affected districts,” he said.

Sinda, Mambwe and Vubwi districts did not record any rabies deaths this year.

And Mr Tembo said local authorities should apply all bylaws to curb rabies.

He said stray dogs are mainly responsible for the rabies outbreak hence the need to implement effective measures.

On calls by Chipata district commissioner Kalunga Zulu and his Chadiza counterpart George Phiri to start shooting stray dogs, the meeting resolved that the local authorities should find a better solution.

This was after some stakeholders raised concerns that the local authorities did not have enough resources to buy ammunition.

It was further resolved that the local authority together with the veterinary department should start sensitising people on the need to vaccinate their dogs and ensure no one owns more than three dogs per household.

And on maternal deaths, Mr Tembo said 66 women died of various pregnancy complications this year.

The province also recorded two confirmed cases of dysentery out of about 66,900 suspected cases. Suspected typhoid cases were 13.