Namibia surpasses MDG for malaria morbidity and mortality: Ministry of Health and Social Services

WINDHOEK: Namibia has surpassed the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for malaria morbidity and mortality, the Deputy Director of Special Programmes in the Ministry of Health and Social Services said today.

The MDGs stipulate that countries should by 2015 decrease malaria incidences by 50 per cent.

Anne-Marie Nitschke said during a media conference in Windhoek Namibia was above 90 per cent in 2013 in the fight against malaria.

She said only 20 people died of malaria-related diseases in the country in 2013 compared to 1 734 deaths recorded in 2004.

Earlier this year, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria granted Namibia N.dollars 1,2 billion.

Nitschke said about 62 000 nets were produced for the pilot mass distribution programme in targeted districts in the Zambezi, Kavango and Omusati Regions, and the programme was successfully completed.

Meanwhile, a total of 669 122 (94 per cent) targeted structures in selected areas of the endemic regions have been covered with Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS).