Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Malaria in children rises from 9pc to 14pc in five yrs

Malaria continues to be a perennial problem in

Malaria continues to be a perennial problem in the country 

By Gadiosa Lamtey

Dar es Salaam. A new report has shown that the prevalence of malaria amongst children under five years has skyrocketed from 9 per cent in 2011 to 14 per cent in 2016.

The findings are contained in the preliminary report on the 2015/16 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey and Malaria Indicator Survey (TDHS-MIS) on prevalence of malaria to children under five years.

The survey, conducted from August last year in both Mainland and Zanzibar, showed that prevalence of malaria by Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) in 2015/16 was much higher compared with 2011/12 THMIS results.

According to the report, the decline in the use of mosquito nets and low distribution of nets to households has contributed considerably to the worrying trend.

The survey covered 13,376 households.

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