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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2729

Anti Malaria Campaign inadequate - Dr. Sarath Deniyage,

By Manjari Peiris
Colombo, 29 April, (Asiantribune.com):

The support that the Anti Malaria Campaign is getting from the authorities of the Department of Immigration and Emigration was not adequate to educate and provide proper guidance to travelers from abroad at the Airport to prevent malaria transmission, Dr. Sarath Deniyage, Director of Malaria Control Board stated. The World Malaria Day was commemorated on 24, April 2013.

Addressing a press briefing held at the Auditorium of the National Blood Transfusion Centre organized by the Health Education Bureau in collaboration with the Anti Malaria Campaign, Dr. Denipitiya further stated that it was essential to take measures to protect people from malaria during travel abroad, especially to high risk countries such as India and South Africa. A large number of Sri Lankans make pilgrimages to India, throughout the year.

Malaria is a serious health problem in most of the countries in the world causing nearly a million deaths, mostly of children less than 5 years. Millions of people are at risk of getting malaria in the world in over 101 countries across the world.

Malaria can be transmitted from an infected person to a healthy person by a mosquito bite. Only mosquitoes of genus anopheles can spread the disease.

Though the prevalence of malaria in Sri Lanka is on the decline, in 2012 while 23 indigenous patients had been detected, the imported number was comparatively higher - 70. In the current year while no indigenous patients have been detected, 14 imported cases have been detected.

Dr. Palitha Maheepala, Director General of the Ministry of Health highlighted this new trend and stated that the authorities should pay more attention and be vigilant on those who travel from high risk countries such as India and South Africa.

The Ministry of Health wishes to eradicate malaria from Sri Lanka by the end of 2014.

Advice and precautions about malaria can be obtained free of charge from the Anti Malaria Campaign at Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 5, 2588408.

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Anti Malaria Campaign inadequate  - Dr. Sarath Deniyage,
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