Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has disclosed that malaria related deaths reduced by 50 percent in all ages between 2016 and 2017.
Dr. Chilufya says despite the country recording a reduction in the number of malaria deaths over the years, there are still more interventions that need to be put in place to completely eradicate malaria by 2021.
He says government takes health as a key economic investment which shall spur the country to become a prosperous middle income nation by 2030.
Dr. Chilufya says the health sector has embraced a multi sectoral approach in improving the health of the citizens as articulated in the national health strategic plan 2017-2021 and the national malaria elimination strategic plan 2017-2021 which are aimed at achieving universal health coverage for people across the continuum of health care.
The minister says his ministry has put in place integrated vector control measures to eliminate malaria such as the indoor residue spraying and the distribution of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets.
In a speech read on his behalf by Local Government Minister, Vincent Mwale during the launch of the first ever Kansai Plascon anti-mosquito paint, Dr .Chilufya says government encourages and is receptive to any new innovations aimed at ensuring that malaria is eliminated by 2021.
And Kansai Plascon Japan President, Hiroshi Ishino is happy that Kansai plascon anti malaria paint has been first launched in Zambia.
Meanwhile Japanese Ambassador to Zambia, Hidenobu Sobashima is hopeful that the initiative will significantly help in Zambia’s efforts to eliminate malaria.
And JICA chief representative Junichi Hanai is optimistic that with the launch of the anti-mosquito paint in Zambia, Zambia will help drive the campaign of painting out malaria in Africa.