Malaria continues to be cause of concern for Mkushi District

Zambia: Mkushi District Malaria Elimination Officer Fatuma Munshya has shared the malaria statistics for the district in the first quarter of the year. The disease continues to remain a major cause of concern for the people of the district.

This is because of the fact that more than 32,000 were tested positive for the vector-borne disease.


The health officer shared the statistics with the media, highlighting the period of January to April. She also highlighted that the district health stakeholders had tested a total of 58,032 people during this period.

The health officials have shared that the statistics have caused the members of the community to be worried. They are working diligently to combat and curb the infection rate in the Central Province.

The health stakeholders of the nation have received the support from several stakeholders who have been sensitizing communities regarding preventive measures of Malaria.

Meanwhile, a Civil Society Organization, Christian Women Rock, has also taken up an ambitious three-year project. They aim to build capacity for creating demand in support of Malaria prevention and control in the District.

Mkushi District Administrative Officer Lucy Chilanga spoke during the inception meeting for the project on behalf of Mkushi District Commissioner. She claimed that malaria remains a major public health concern in Mkushi District.

Accordingly, she added that there is a need to come up with new ideas and proposals in order to combat the disease.


Chilanga reaffirmed the Government’s dedication to ensure its citizens are protected from Malaria through various intervention measures being implemented.

“We are delighted to have this project and we look forward to working with you in the fight against Malaria,” said Chilanga.

Christian Women Rock Executive Director Mercy Moyo emphasized the need to prevent malaria in the district and called upon the general population to use insecticide treated nets and adopt other Malaria prevention interventions.

“This disease will only end when everyone understands their role in the fight to eliminate it,” said Ms Moyo.