May 29, 2024

The National Health Center (RBC) shows that the incidence of Malaria has decreased in Rwanda to a satisfactory level, where in the last six years the number of patients reached four million, until now the number has dropped to less than one million.

Meeting participants were satisfied with the information gained in Malaria prevention

The one-day conference had the theme “Malaria Eradication is my mission”, with the theme “Working together to eradicate Malaria in high-risk groups”.

They pointed out that in this study, they found that there are specific categories that are at risk of contracting Malaria, easy to reach and difficult to reach.

The group most at risk of getting Malaria, found to be school students, where about 202,762 people in the country were found to be suffering from Malaria, followed by rice farmers, fishermen, miners, hotel workers and customers their families, medical workers, security personnel, refugees, prisoners and others.

Ndahiriwe Jean Baptiste, a researcher who worked on specific classes of Malaria

Ndahiriwe Jean Baptiste, one of the researchers who worked on the special Malaria category, said that he was happy with the way the workers who participated in the meeting showed their desire to know the dangers of Malaria, and they clearly understand the country’s plan to eradicate Malaria in the coming years.

He asked the participants of the meeting to convey the message they received to the people, “What we want is to train their colleagues, but what we want is for them to understand it, if they understand it, they will help to work with those we call peer counselors who usually help us in educating the people, especially those from special categories. affected by Malaria”.

Some of the participants of the meeting believe that there is something left for them, which will help them to organize their responsibilities better.

Pierre Damien Hakizayezu, Burera District Officer, said, “The purpose of this meeting was to inform us of the Malaria situation in the country, especially in the Northern regions, we were told that the target groups include students, motorists who farm in the swamps and others. We didn’t understand it, but we knew that these classes should be taken care of.

He added, “We knew that malaria is a deadly disease, but what surprised me I did not know is that it sometimes affects part of the brain, which affects the child’s mental retardation and causes other diseases including epilepsy, that’s why We are going to put in place measures to publicize it, we ask people to avoid it, given that the government has provided assistance where every citizen has been given zitimaribu”.

The National Health Center (RBC) announces that in order to prevent Malaria, the Government has a project to make a vaccine that will have the ability to fight Malaria at a rate of 75%.

Dr Mangala Jean Louis Ndikumana, RBC’s Malaria Control and Protection Officer, said that although Malaria has been reduced to a significant level in the last six or seven years, the number of people suffering from it has gone from four million, and now there are 998,874, and efforts to eradicate it are continuing. .

He said, “The number of people suffering from Malaria has decreased so much that on average in 2016-2017, we had about half of Rwandans suffering from Malaria every year, this past year we had less than a million people suffering from Malaria”.

He added: “What made us achieve it, me and you, is the government of our country that has put in a lot of effort to find resources to buy all the necessary equipment to protect against Malaria, which is the drugs that we inject at home, now we have reached 12 areas from the three that we provide throughout Rwanda, not to mention the health advisors who measure people and treat them”.

The leader said that the country’s direction is to eradicate Malaria in Rwanda and he confirms that it is possible, asking those groups affected by Malaria to change their attitude, and the general public to understand that it is their fight to eradicate Malaria.

These discussions were appreciated by the administration of the Northern Province, where the Executive Secretary of the Province, Mushaija Geoffrey, was happy that the workers in the province were given knowledge about Malaria.

He says that it gives confidence that the people are going to be helped in the eradication of Malaria, a support campaign is carried out which is usually done in the community meetings during parents’ evenings and other days. 

The Northern Province has the highest number of Malaria cases, while the Eastern Province is the most affected by Malaria, which also has the most areas where malaria is injected.

Gasabo District has the highest number of Malaria patients, with 4,668 last month, followed by Gicumbi District with 3,575.

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