The Ministry of Health and Child Care says there is need for cross border collaboration between Zimbabwe and Mozambique in the fight against malaria which has recorded high incidences in Mudzi district.

Despite efforts by the government in combating the spread of malaria in Mudzi district, these efforts are being hampered by lack of similar programmes by the Mozambican government, leaving the burden of treating those affected from across the border on the shoulders of local health institutions.

As part of intervention measures, the Ministry of Health and Child Care will be rolling out an indoor residual spray (IRS) programme in Mudzi and Mtoko districts this coming month.

Mashonaland East Provincial Environmental Officer, Mr Brighton Sibanda told stakeholders at a provincial IRS sensitisation workshop in Marondera that there is need for the government of Zimbabwe to engage their Mozambican counterparts in the fight against malaria.

“I think it is important for our government to engage their Mozambican counterparts in the fight against malaria if we are to save lives in both countries,” said Mr Sibanda.

Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Applonia Munzverengi said it is important for local stakeholders to work together in mobilising resources for the IRS programme.

“Every stakeholder should play their part in mobilising resources in the fight against the disease,” she said.

The IRS is targeting 103 000 rooms in Mudzi and 112 000 rooms in Mtoko.

The two districts recorded the highest number of malaria incidences from January to August this year, with Mudzi having recorded 16492 cases, while Mtoko had 8345.

Other districts with high malaria incidences are UMP and Goromonzi.