The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Thousands of Malaria cases recorded in Kunar in 4 months

ASADABAD: More than 7,300 Malaria cases have been registered in the first four months of the current solar year in the country’s eastern province of Kunar, the provincial Public Health Department said in a statement the other day. Director of Malaria Control Department of the provincial public health department Dr. Zahir Shah Zahir, said that due to hot weather, over 7,300 people have been affected by Malaria in the first four months of the year, which shows a significant increase compared to the same time in the previous year, according to the statement. Dr. Zahir added that increases in seasonal rainfall, hot weather, humidity and some other factors led to the surge in Malaria cases in the province, the statement added. “Last year, during the first four months when the weather was hot 5,181 Malaria cases had been registered but this year 7,328 Malaria cases have been registered in the first four months, showing the surge of 2,000 cases in the province,” the statement quoted Dr. Zahir as saying Dr. Zahir said that last year 3,000 bed nets were distributed in the province to help people get protection from Malaria and Leishmania diseases. He said people had been also provided awareness regarding Malaria control, adding that whatever they told the masses it was never implemented therefore there was a surge in Malaria cases. He asked the people to take care of themselves during summer and hot weather. Local residents asked the Public Health Department to expand the public awareness programs and provide them with more bed nets. Hashmatullah Zhaman, a resident of Asadabad, said: “Two family members of mine are infected with Malaria now at home, we did not received bednets from the government and we are unable to buy them.” Abdul Basir, the resident of Marwa district, said the population of Kunar was growing each day but the provincial health quota was released on the bases of senses conducted during King Zahir Shah’s Period. Mohammad Nabi Naibi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.