Malaria on the increase in Mozambique in 2008

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At least 182 people died of malaria in the first six months of 2008 in Mozambique's central province of Zambezia, 31 more compared to 2007, the daily Noticias reported on Wednesday.

The increase was attributed to the lack of sensitisation on the disease on the part of health workers. Patients were also not finishing their medication, the report read.

According to Unicef, malaria in Mozambique was the primary cause of ill health, accounting for 40 percent of out-patient consultations, 60 percent of paediatric in-patients and a third of hospital deaths. - (Sapa)