The government has made tremendous progress in the fight to end malaria with various intervention measures being put in place to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality.

The provincial commemorations of World Malaria Day comes at a time when Manicaland is still struggling to reduce malaria incidences and deaths.

Due to incessant rains Manicaland province recorded higher malaria incidences as compared to the two previous years, something which the Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Cde Supa Mandiwanzira says is a major concern.

Giving a provincial perspective, the Provincial Epidemiology and Disease Control Officer Dr Munyaradzi Mukuzunga revealed Manicaland province has so far recorded 127 deaths due to malaria.

Zimbabwe has made significant progress to date to reduce malaria cases and deaths, but unfortunately malaria is still the third leading causes of illness and mortality.

Forty five of the 62 administrative districts in the country are prone to the disease with 33 of them categorized as high malaria burden.

So far a total of 373 800 malaria cases have been confirmed with 417 deaths, and Manicaland contributes 32 percent and 31 percent respectively.

The government together with some development partners have invested a lot in malaria community case management.