More nica fell ill with malaria in 2017


Noelia Celina Gutiérrez

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Cases of malaria in Nicaragua increased by 72.8% during 2017 compared to the previous year, according to data published by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) through its epidemiological bulletin. That is, the cases went from 6,209 in 2016 to 10,846 last year, according to official figures.
Malaria is an acute febrile disease transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito that manifests with symptoms such as fever, headache and chills, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Although it is a life-threatening disease, it did not claim any victims in Nicaragua during the past year.

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In fact, last December 17 municipalities of the country were declared free of malaria by the Ministry of Health, including 8 from Managua, 4 from Boaco and 5 from Chinandega. Ligia Aragón, director of Epidemiology at Silais Managua, told the official media in December that there were no reports of malaria cases in the capital. The health authorities indicated that the disease has more incidence in the Dry Corridor of the country and in the Caribbean areas.

In May of 2017, for example, the Ministry of Health declared a health alert in the Caribbean, since up to that date about 1,300 cases had been reported in Bilwi.

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For this reason, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) financed this year US $ 7.3 million for the anti-epidemic fight and the eradication of malaria in the health systems of the Dry Corridor, including Chinandega and the Autonomous Region of the North Caribbean Coast.
This IDB project, which is already underway, is framed within the multisectoral program of attention to determinants of health in the Dry Corridor, whose document is available on the Minsa's website, and includes the financing of personnel training specialized, the modernization of regional teams and laboratories, the implementation of water monitoring plans and the prevention of the contagion of the disease.

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