Bulacan to be declared malaria-free soon, health official says
Bulacan may soon be declared as malaria-free province as it is on its fifth year of having zero malaria case, the provincial health office said.
The province joined in the observance of World Malaria Day on April 25 by giving a free medical mission complete with medicine and malaria awareness talk in Barangay San Isidro in San Jose del Monte City.
While the province is already on its fifth year of no recorded cases of malaria, Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, head of the Provincial Health Office-Public Health, said similar activities should be continued to prevent reintroduction of new cases from imported cases.
She added that through various efforts, “Bulacan is now on its way to being declared as a malaria-free province.”
“Malakas ang ugnayan ng pamahalaang nasyunal, regional at provincial and apart from this, our health workers do continuous monitoring and surveillance. Nagsasagawa din tayo ng blood screening kahit wala tayong kaso ng malaria,” Gomez said.
In a speech delivered by his daughter Ma. Rosario Sy-Alvarado Mendoza, Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that having healthy citizens indicates that good and effective health programs are being implemented in the community.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes and is preventable and curable.
According to World Health Organization, in 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of 5 million cases from 2015 and malaria deaths reached 445,000 in 2016, a similar number (446,000) to 2015.
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