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24 April, 2018 07:26:04 PM
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Malaria deaths down, risk remains in CHT, Cox’s Bazar

Independent Online Desk
Malaria deaths down, risk remains in CHT, Cox’s Bazar

Over the past ten years deaths caused by malaria in the country has decreased by 92 percent and the number of malaria patients also marked a sharp decrease by 65 percent. 

However, the three districts in the Chattagram Hill Tracks (CHT) and Cox’s Bazar still remain in high risk of the disease.  

Recent statistics of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said at least 93 percent Malaria patients hail from Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachari while Bandarban is the highest epidemic district having 60 percent of the total patients. 

In 2017, the joint survey of National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and BRAC found that the number of malaria patient increased to 29,000 from 27,000 in 2016. 

NMEP and BRAC on Tuesday shared these information at a press conference organized to mark World Malaria Day – 2018, which will be observed worldwide on April 25.

Dr. MM Aktaruzzaman, Deputy Programme Manager of Malaria and Aedes Transmitted Disease Programme, presented the keynote at the conference.

He mentioned that the death rate causing by malaria has decreased to 92 percent within 10 years. In 2007, the number of death was 228 but in 2017 the rate decreased remarkably to 13. 

DGHS Director General Dr. Abul Kalam Azad said after the Rohingya influx many became worried about malaria epidemic at Cox’s Bazar but they took the issue seriously and tested at least 47 thousand people and got only 10 malaria affected people. 

He also said in upcoming monsoon, there lies a risk of malaria spreading among the Rohingyas, but the DGHS is prepared to face any kind of catastrophe with the cooperation of other related ministries.  

Dr. Azad said, by 2021, Malaria will be eliminated from at least 59 districts and by 2030 the whole country will be freed form it. 

To mark the World Health Day – 2018 on Wednesday, the DGHS is planning to arrange several programmes including a rally at 10 am, a health camp and discussion programme at 11.30 am at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) auditorium.unb.

KK

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