More than 700 people have died of malaria in Burundi since the beginning of 2017. The country’s minister of health, Josiane Nijimbere said this on Monday while commenting on findings of a recent report conducted by the World Health Organisation and Burundian experts.
Nijimbere said, the country has recorded 1.8 million malaria cases between January 1 and March 10, and 700 deaths have been registered since January 2017. In 2016, about 8.2 million people were infected while 3000 died in the east African country. The health minister added that climate change is the cause of the increased infection, she added: “there is a strong association between malaria and warm temperature, which have led to significant increase in malaria cases because of the spread of mosquitoes.”
An estimated $31 million is needed to fight malaria in Burundi which is almost out of stock of its anti-malaria supplies.