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Concerted efforts needed to eradicate malaria

Speakers tell media orientation programme
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Concerted efforts needed to eradicate malaria

Speakers at a programme said all have to work toward the goal of eradicating malaria and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The government agencies and NGOs are engaged in promoting use of long-lasting insecticide treatable mosquito nets and creating awareness among the people as preventive measures.  They have given special attention in three CHT districts — Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachari — to make the areas malaria-free, they said at the media orientation programme.

With the theme ‘Zero malaria starts with me’ National Malaria Elimination (NME) and Aedes Transmitted Disease Control Programme (ATDCP) of Disease Control Division, World Health Organisation (WHO) – Bangladesh and BRAC organised the programme at Directorate General of Health Services (DGSH) auditorium at Mohakhali in the capital yesterday.

Additional Director General of Directorate General of Health Services Professor Dr Nasima Sultana addressed the programme as the chief guest with Disease Control and Line Director of CDC Professor Dr Sanya Tahmina in the chair.

NME and ATDCP DPM Dr MM Aktaruzzaman presented the keynote paper while former NPO of WHO- Bangladesh Dr AM Bangali, MO, CDS of WHO Bangladesh Dr Mya Sapal and National Consultant of DGHS Professor Be-Nazir Ahmed, among others, addressed it.

The malaria situation is worsening in the hilly and border belt areas. The majority of malaria cases are reported from 13 out of the total 64 districts in the country.  The districts — Rangamati, Khagrachari, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Chattogram, Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Habiganj, Netrokona, Myminsingh, Sherpur and Kurigram — are the most malaria endemic districts in the country.

According to the statistics of Malaria Prevention Programme, seven people died of malaria as 10,523 were infected by the disease in

2018.

Among the 27,737 malaria infected patients, 17 people died of the disease in 2016 and 13 died among the 29,237 patients infected by malaria in 2017.

Dr Sanya said, “It is tough to eradicate malaria totally because malaria is a mosquito-borne disease. We are working to prevent the outbreak of the disease.”

Usually, the symptoms such as high fever, fatigue, vomiting and headache develop not before nine days of the bite. But patients must visit a physician within 24 hours of developing the symptoms to avoid complication. The risk of fatality increases with time, said she.

 

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