Saturday, May 25, 2024

Malaria, public health concern in Zambia: Health minister

“Every day, 30,400 of our people get infected with malaria.’’

• April 23, 2024

The Zambian Health Minister, Sylvia Masebo, said on Monday that malaria remains a major public health concern in the country despite interventions against it,

The country recorded a 37 per cent spike in malaria cases to 11.1 million in 2023 from 8.1 million the previous year, while malaria-related deaths rose to 1,602 in 2023 from 1,343 in 2022.

The minister gave a briefing, ahead of World Malaria Day, on April 25.

“Every day, 30,400 of our people get infected with malaria, and four people die of malaria,” Ms Masebo said.

The theme for this year’s World Malaria Day commemoration is “Gender, Health Equity and Human Rights,” with the accompanying slogan “Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world.”

Ms Masebo said that 18 per cent of the infections were in children under the age of 5 years, and 1 per cent were pregnant women.

She said that despite the gloomy picture; Zambia has an opportunity to change the situation through collaborative efforts with stakeholders.

The minister said that in addressing malaria, the government distributed more than 11.6 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets across the country, while 742,057 eligible structures had been sprayed through an in-door spraying program.

She added that the government continued to strengthen community systems through training and empowering community health workers and other community-based volunteers.


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”


Hansi Flick favourite to takeover Barcelona job following Xavi’s dismissal

He has been out of job since he was sacked as the manager of the German national team in 2023.



Plateau lawmaker solicits support for rainstorm victims

Residential houses and a church were affected by the rainstorm.

President Bola Tinubu


Nigeria no longer printing money, deceiving itself under my watch: Tinubu

“Nigeria went through terrible labour pains, but we have seen the baby coming out alive,” the President concluded.

Nigerian policemen at a checkpoint


Imo CP condemns alleged corruption within Nigerian police

According to him, Nigerians are no longer satisfied with the overall conduct and character of policemen in the country.

Rivers Governor Siminalayi Fubara

Port Harcourt

Gov. Fubara flags off N6.7 billion Okania-Ogbogoro road project

The governor said it would be completed and inaugurated in the next five months.