Via L'Express de Madagascar: Health - Plague rages in some districts. The edited Google translation:
"We won the battle, not the war!" the Minister of Public Health, Professor Mamy Lalatiana Andriama-narivo, likes to say about the plague epidemic. Effectively, the plague continues in the Central Highlands at an altitude above 800 meters.
Since the announcement of the end of the epidemic of urban pneumonic plague on November 27, the ministry has identified thirteen active households, like the district of Atsimondrano, Avara-drano and Ambohidratrimo.
The last recorded cases were recorded in villages between Andramasina and Anosibe An'Ala districts last week, according to the report of the director of health surveillance and epidemiological surveillance of the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Mahery Ratsitorahana, who could not give more details.
"These are endemic cases. The goal is not to have zero cases, since we are in high season. The goal is to manage the cases so that they do not become pulmonary pests. And everyone must be vigilant," he says.
A review of the emergency response to plague, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), is taking place at the hotel Au bois vert in Ivato, from Sunday to Wednesday, to prepare for the possibility of resumption of this epidemic which has killed more than two hundred people and made more than two thousand victims between August and November.
"This review aims to analyze together strengths and areas for improvement, and make recommendations to address next steps. But also to carry out strategic operational planning to prepare for the next epidemic seasons," explains the WHO representative in Madagascar, Professor Charlotte Ndiaye, who pledged on behalf of her organization to redouble its efforts.
At the opening of this review, Dr. Mahery Ratsitorahana discussed the rise of clinical suspected cases, 71% vs. 44% between 2012 and 2016, the delay of notifications, and missing data. Prof. Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo, for her part, emphasized the importance of synergy of actions among all stakeholders.