Kilusan Ligtas Malaria (KLM) has further intensified its campaign against the malaria disease by using the Baseline Malaria Entomological Investigation (BMEI) as Palawan recorded an estimated 4,830 cases.
KLM program manager Aileen Balderian said the figure was recorded from January to September this year.
Balderian said the BMEI aims to locate the area of the mosquitoes carrying the malaria virus and to take necessary action to prevent additional cases.
Presently, KLM has already conducted BMEI in the towns of Cuyo, Agutaya, Magsaysay, Brooke’s Point and Balabac.
“Trabaho ng BMEI ay ang malaman kung saan ang pugad ng mga lamok at para magawan agad natin ng aksyon para mapigilan ang pagdami nila at ng may sakit na malaria. Kasama rin dito ang blood smearing sa mahigit 600 ng mga residente upang malaman kung ang mga ito ay positibo sa malaria,” Balderian said.
Latest data provided by KLM showed that from January to September this year, Palawan has a total of 4,830 cases which is higher than 4,600 as the recorded data from January to December last year.
BMEI is a program under the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) of the Department of Health (DOH) MIMAROPA.
The PHO earlier said it is optimistic that malaria cases in the province will significantly drop this year.
Records also showed a significant decrease in the number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease from 2015 to 2017.
DOH recently announced that it is expecting the MIMAROPA region to be declared “malaria-free by 2025.”
“Dapat kasi talaga 20 percent ang decrease natin per year kaya lang noong 2018 tumaas tayo. Mataas talaga ang kaso natin lalo na sa maraming indigenous peoples (IPs), palipat-lipat din kasi sila. Dapat kasi tayo ang nag-a-adjust sa culture nila hindi ‘yong sila ang nag-a-adjust sa atin,” she said.