Malaria parasites - seen here infecting red blood cells - and mosquitoes do not like cold temperatures
Malaria parasites - seen here infecting red blood cells - and mosquitoes do not like cold temperatures

Namibia has been hit by a sharp increase in malaria cases and deaths in the north during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

The minister said while the country is dealing with COVID-19, it is faced with other health challenges such as malaria, Hepatitis E and Tuberculosis.

He said 32 people died of malaria since January 2020.

“The programs of the ministry are continuing irrespective of COVID-19. We have appointed additional staff to deal with COVID-19 while the existing staff continue with the normal ministerial responsibilities, including control of malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS,” Shangula said.

“In 2019, there was a severe drought in Namibia and hence fewer cases of malaria. In 2020, Namibia experienced good rain and hence more malaria cases. COVID-19 is dominating public discourse, however, it should be remembered that the other diseases are still with us. They also receive due attention,” he said. Enditem

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