Health officials note drop of malaria incidents in first half of 2017

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Monitored cases of malaria in Palawan have gone down by over 40 percent during the first half of 2017 compared to last year’s figures, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Mary Ann Navarro of the PHO said they have monitored 1,698 cases of malaria between January to June 2017, compared to the same period of last year’s reported cases of 3,442.

Navarro attributed the decline to their ongoing campaign along with their partner program Kilusan Ligtas Malaria (KLM) to eradicate malaria in the province.

“Nagbabahay-bahay talaga ang ating mga workers para malaman at ma-monitor kung sino ang may malaria at kahit simpleng lagnat ay blood smear agad ang ating ginagawa,” Navarro said.

The PHO said their project has led to the complete eradication of malaria in some areas of the province including Culion, Linapacan, and Araceli.

“Nakakatuwa nga, talagang bumaba ang cases natin hindi katulad dati, mas lalo nating ini-encourage ang lahat na kahit simpleng lagnat dapat ma-check para mas maiwasan ang transmission at maprevent ito,” she added.

She added that they are also set to distribute 240,000 Long Lasting Insecticide (LLIN) Mosquito Nets in the communities for the months of July and December.


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