Health Officials Target Malaria-Free Kalimantan by 2020 | The Jakarta GlobePosted: May 21, 2012
“It won’t just be East Kalimantan, but the whole of Kalimantan, that will be free of malaria by 2020,” Syafak said. “We need to step up our efforts to reach that target because the trend [of malaria infections] just keeps rising.”
He said that whereas previously the disease was typically confined to one or two districts per province, it was now common in all districts.
He blamed the spread of the disease to the clearing of huge tracts of forest there, which was exposing more people to the malaria parasite-carrying anopheles genus of mosquito.
Exacerbating the problem, the region’s tropical forests host all five species of the Plasmodium parasite that causes malaria in humans, Syafak said, including the deadly P. falciparum.