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Angola acquires biolarvicide to fight malaria. Disease has already caused more than 9000 deaths this year

Angola has received 21,000 liters of biolarvicide, a product to eliminate mosquito larvae, as part of its strategy to combat malaria, which this year has caused more than 9,000 deaths out of 6,000,000 cases, the government announced this Monday.

: Lusa
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A press release issued by the Ministry of Health on Monday said that the product was purchased in Tanzania and will be distributed in all municipalities of the country to treat 21,000 hectares.

In statements to the press, the Secretary of State for Public Health, Franco Mufinda, said that one of the strategies of the Ministry of Health is the control of the mosquito at this stage, demonstrating "the concern of the executive to reduce the impact of malaria on society".

Franco Mufinda referred that from January to August this year, the country had a record of about 6,000,000 million cases of malaria and just over 9,000 deaths.

"Compared to the same period last year, the cases were about 5,000,000 and about 8100 deaths, and this year, we had some outbreaks in the provinces of Benguela and Huambo, but also the pressing concern in Malanje and Kwanza Sul", he said.

The governor stressed that besides this strategy, "which is primordial", of attacking the mosquito in its larval phase, it is also necessary to fight the mosquito in its adult phase, through fumigation, an activity that has been carried out by the municipal administrations.

"There is a whole plan in place to be able to distribute this product. The approach to malaria is a multisectoral approach, and the responsibility is individual and should start in the families", he stressed.

According to Franco Mufinda, the residents' committees should help in the better management of the garbage, of the ponds, where the core of the problem lies, not waiting for the health authorities, "who are in the last place in this chain of responsibilities, managing the patient".

"We should not wait for there to be malaria patients, but rather prevent us from having mosquitoes, that role belongs to all of us," he stressed.

Malaria is the leading cause of death in Angola.

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