Malaria Mortality Rate Drops In Cameroon

Although reports have shown that in 2021, at least 3,863 persons died from malaria in Cameroon, mortality rates seemed to have reduced in the country as it participates in world day for the fight against malaria.

At least 3,863 persons in Cameroon died of malaria in 2021 out of the total 3.1million cases recorded in various hospitals in the country, authorities said.

Dorothy Achu, Cameroon’s Permanent Secretary of the National Programme for the Fight Against Malaria (NPFAM) said on Monday, April 25, that the figure was against 4,121 deaths from among 2.6 million cases recorded in 2020.

Of the 3,863 deaths, 14.3 per cent were in medical facilities as against 17.2 per cent in 2020, according to Achu who spoke during the occasion of the 15th world day for the fight against malaria.

“These figures permit us to observe an augmentation in the incidences of malaria and a drop in the mortality rate attributed to this illness,” she explained 

Despite efforts by Cameroon and its international partners, the NPFAM said malaria remains one of the principal causes of mortality and continues to represent a heavy weight on the socio-economic situation of the country.

According to the country’s Ministry of Public Health, about 50 per cent of all hospitalisations in the country are as a result of malaria; children below five years represent at least 60 per cent of deaths from the disease.

On the average, at least six million cases of malaria are recorded annually throughout Cameroon, with about 4,000 deaths each year.

Cameroon is among the 11 countries most hard hit by malaria in the world, where 100 per cent of the population is at risk of contracting the disease, according to the World Report on Malaria.

Infections originating from parasites constitute one of the principal causes of absenteeism within the school milieu.

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