The government has embarked on an intensive indoor residual house spraying, distribution of insecticidal treated nets and distribution of anti-malarial drugs in malaria endemic areas,  after 89 000 new malaria cases and more than 170 malaria related deaths have been recorded in the country in the past two months.

The heavy rains that pounded most parts of the country has seen a rise in malaria cases.

The transmission of malaria depends on humidity and the heavy rains presented more breeding grounds for mosquito, especially in low lying areas.

For the past 15 years, Zimbabwe has been recording strides in containing malaria.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care shows that 300 890 malaria cases were recorded in 2015 compared to 535 933 cases recorded in 2014.

However, the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa expressed concern with the number of malaria related deaths that have been recorded in the past two months.

Resistant strains of malaria are also believed to be emerging and even in areas that are not usually malaria prone, there is a marked increase in the number of people who are seeking treatment, and the Ministry of Health is optimistic that re-spraying homesteads will help reduce malaria transmission.

Malaria is the third leading cause of illness and mortality in Zimbabwe.

Of the country’s 63 districts, 47 are malaria prone while 33 districts are categorised as high burden malaria areas.

Areas that are most affected include parts of Chiredzi, Mutare, Chipinge, Goromonzi, Mutasa, Centenary, Mutare, Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe and Beitbridge.