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Dar es Salaam to launch new anti-malaria drive

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    By PIUS RUGONZIBWA, 21st April 2011 @ 12:53,
    TANZANIA will next week launch a new anti-malaria drive in which drugs are to be widely availed in private and public outlets at subsidised prices, as part of the International Malaria Day.

    Official records show that the disease has remained a number one among others, robbing the nation of about 80,000 people annually.

    The Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Hadji Mponda, told the news conference in Dar es Salaam on Thursday that at national level, International Malaria Day will be marked in Arusha on April 29.

    He said the theme of this year's International Malaria Day is: "To reach tangible successes, let us cooperate to fight Malaria."

    The Minister said that worldwide marking of the day comes following the meeting of African Heads of State in Abuja Nigeria in April 2000 where an agreement was reached for the joint initiative to fight the vice.

    "Children under five and pregnant women are major victims of the disease. We can reduce and ultimately eliminate deaths caused by malaria through various practical strategies to eliminate it,” he said.

    Despite marking one decade since Africa launched the roll-back malaria campaign, Dr Mponda said the event becomes more special this year as Tanzania will use the day to launch a special campaign aiming at looking for the availability of the combination of drugs which will be readily available in private health centres and pharmacies at the subsidized price.

    He said the public and all stakeholders in the fight against Malaria should first admit the problem and volunteer to intensify the battle against the disease.

    He said the spirit should also spread in all government, house-holds and individuals for the country to record desirable successes.

    “If all the measures recommended in tackling Malaria are worked out accordingly the disease will soon be history in our country. For the time being we must be cautious and take preventive measures including getting treatment early," he said