November 16, 2017

Malaria outbreaks in Taninthayi decreased by half over five years

A girl gets tested to ensure a malaria bug at malaria clinic.

OUTBREAKS of Malaria in Taninthayi Region decreased by half over the past five years thanks to the region’s malaria control programme, said Dr Kyaw Zeya.
Roughly 25,000 residents were infected with malaria in 2010. The number significantly declined to over 10,000 in 2015. A new survey of malaria for the years 2016 and 2017 is being conducted by the data collectors under the programme.
The malaria cases are mostly found in Kyunsu, Bokepyin and Myeik townships as well as some rural areas in Dawei Township.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease affecting human and animals. It is most commonly transmitted by an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Most malaria transmission occurs in forested foothill zones below an altitude of 1,000 meters. High risk groups are residents near or in forests, plantation workers and migrants.
The Ministry of Health and Sports continues to distribute malaria drugs free of charge to all rural healthcare centres across the country so that drugs are within the reach of patients.
Taninthayi Region ranked seventh on the list of areas with reported outbreaks of malaria. Elimination tasks against the deadly disease have been aggressively conducted in the region.

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