Malaria prevalence in Uganda surges

Amman, Uganda said it had recorded a 40% surge in the incidence of malaria, attributing the increase to a range of factors including a refugee influx, climate change and a decline in the use of protective nets, according to Reuters.

The Ugandan ministry of health said in a statement its data showed malaria cases recorded in June this year jumped 40% from the same month last year.

The ministry said “prolonged intermittent rains in various parts of the country” caused by climate change had partly helped fuel the malaria spread.

It also cited an influx of refugees from neighboring countries over the last few years, population growth and a general decline in the use of mosquito nets as contributing to the increased prevalence.

Uganda hosts about 1.4 million refugees, most of whom have fled recent fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Malaria kills almost half a million people each year, and 90% of those deaths occur in Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Source: Jordan News Agency