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Thirty-seven people died of malaria throughout the country in one week, bringing the total number of deaths from the disease to 424 since the beginning of the year.

According to the latest Health and Child Care Ministry disease surveillance report, more than 19 000 people were treated for malaria in the week ending May 4, more than 20 percent of whom were children under the age of five.

“A total of 19 730 cases and 37 deaths were reported in week 18 and of the reported cases 3 962 and three deaths were under the age of five years,” reads part of the report.

Mashonaland Central recorded the highest number of malaria cases, with 7 600 people treated and discharged. Districts worst affected in the province are Mazowe, Rushinga and Mt Darwin.

Manicaland also had many malaria cases (6 300) with Buhera, Mutare, Chimanimani and Mutasa districts the worst affected.

Health Ministry national programme manager Dr Joseph Mberikunashe said malaria remained a great concern to the nation.

Dr Mberikunashe said the malaria peak season was usually between February and April when conditions for mosquito breeding were high due to the rains.

Source : The Herald

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