Tuyishime attributes the low numbers of Malaria patients to sensitization that has been made to inform Nyanza residents about the transmission and prevention of Malaria. All residents also received free insecticide-treated mosquito nets and houses sprayed with residual insecticides.
“In 2015, we welcomed at least 180,000 Malaria patients but in 2019, the number reduced to 50,000. In 2019, there were no cases of death by Malaria and it is an incredible step given that we used to record at least 44 deaths annually.”
Tuyishime said that apart from spraying Nyanza residents’ houses with insecticides and distributing mosquito nets, most stagnant waters were removed as they are a breeding ground for the mosquitoes that transmit Malaria.
Nyanza residents who were interviewed by IGIHE confirmed they had not contracted Malaria in the past 3 years.
Ntihinyuzwa said “Ever since I received a mosquito net and my house was sprayed I haven’t had Malaria. I have also cut bushes around my house as well as stagnant waters.”
Nyirakamana Francoise, a resident of Kigoma sector, Nyanza district said “We have been instructed about all the preventive measures against Malaria and my family and I have been safe ever since.”
Ntazinda Erasme, Nyanza district Mayor said that the district has expanded access to vector control interventions and applied effective insecticide resistance management strategies.
2020 is the fourth year since Nyanza district started spraying insecticides inside residents houses. This year, at least 80,000 houses will be sprayed.
In 2019, statistics from Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) showed that 80% of Malaria cases were reported in the Southern and Western Provinces and that residents from Nyanza, Gisagara and Huye districts were at a considerably higher risk of contracting malaria.