Department Of Health Aims To Eradicate Malaria In The Philippines In The Year 2030
MALARIA – The Department of Health (DOH) is set to eliminate malaria from the Philippines in 2030 amidst the five provinces at risk to the said disease.
DOH national malaria coordinator Raffy Deray said that the number of cases has significantly dropped, which implies that Philippines is on its way to defeat the disease. He further added that they are on track based on their strategic plan that they themselves have developed.
Furthermore, Deray said that the disease is currently endemic in only in certain barangays and not the entire provinces of:
- Sultan Kudarat;
- Sulu; and
- Mindoro Occidental.
A report in PhilStar states that DOH aims to reduce 90% of the cases in year 2022; and achieve zero local transmission in year 2025. If there are any new infections, it will come only from international travelers.
Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI) program manager Marvi Trudeau said that 95 percent of the disease’s cases are from Palawan, in which most of them came from Rizal town.
As per the report, the DOH and the PSFI are collaborating with each other to eliminate malaria in the country since 1999, when 81 provinces were endemic for the disease.
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