Angola: Malaria claims over 100 lives in six months

Mbanza Kongo - One hundred and 53 people passed away, during the first half of this year, in the northern Zaire province, victims of malaria, out of the 35,733 cases registered in the whole region, informed this Tuesday, in Mbanza Kongo city, provincial capital, the local health director, Mariano Gaspar.

Speaking to ANGOP, the official referred that there was an increase of 59 deaths compared to the previous period in which 35,205 cases of malaria were recorded, with more impact on children below the age of five and pregnant women.

During the referred period, the sector he chairs and under the strategy to combat malaria, carried out various activities based on education for health within the population, distribution of mosquito nets impregnated with insecticide to children below five years and pregnant women, among others.

On the other hand, he said that to reinforce the capacity of physicians allocated in various health units of the region, Zaire province received, early October, seven new Cuban physicians who were distributed to the districts of Mbanza Kongo and Nzeto.

The physicians, he stressed, join the other 14 Cuban professionals that the province expects for late this year and will work in the areas of general medicine, surgery, gynaecology, ophthalmology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, among other specialities.