NoCot notes dramatic decrease in Malaria cases | Davao TodayPosted: July 30, 2012
The DOH’s 2011-2016 Malaria Program Medium Term Plan aims to ensure universal access to reliable diagnosis, highly effective, and appropriate treatment and preventive measures; capacitate local government units (LGUs) to own, manage, and sustain the Malaria Program in their respective localities; sustain financing of anti-malaria efforts at all levels of operation; and ensure a functioning quality assurance system for malaria operations.
In its website, the DOH said, Malaria is the ninth leading cause of morbidity in the Philippines. It is usually acquired through the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito and can be transmitted in three ways: blood transfusion from an infected individual, sharing of intravenous needles and transplacenta or the transfer of malaria parasites from an infected mother to its unborn child.
As of 2012, 58 out of 81 provinces in the country are declared malaria endemic with 14 million people at risk, the DOH said. It added, 90% of Malaria cases were recorded in 25 endemic provinces or areas among the poorest in the country with forestal, swampy, hilly and mountainous characteristics.