On 25 April 2017, the Minister of Public Health, André Mama Fouda, presided over the official commemoration ceremony of the 10th World Malaria Day in Yaoundé. The theme of this year’s event is to “End Malaria for good “.
In 2016, according to the Minister of Health, 1.7 million cases of malaria were recorded, representing a morbidity of 23.6%, out of 7.5 million people received in consultation in health facilities.
With regard to mortality, of the 21,268 officially registered deaths, 2637 were attributed to malaria, i.e a rate of 12.4%. For the government member, “these results show obvious progress because the morbidity rate has increased from 29% to 23.6% and mortality from 30% to 12.4% between 2012 and 2016“.
André Mama Fouda reminded that these encouraging results are the consequences of the actions taken, namely free intermittent preventive treatment in pregnant women since 2005, free treatment of simple and severe malaria in children of Less than 5 years since February 2011 and 2014 respectively and reducing the cost of treating simple malaria in health facilities to less than 300 FCFA.
Mr Mama Fouda also cited the free distribution of more than 8 million and 12 million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets (Milda) to populations in 2011 and 2015 to 2016 respectively, and finally chemo-prevention Seasonal malaria carried out in 2016 in the direction of 1,326,366 children from 03 to 59 months (85% of the target) in the Far North and North regions.