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RP advances in fight against malaria, six provinces soon to be malaria-free

“Due to national malaria control efforts, there has been a 53 percent drop in malaria cases in the country for the past 10 years,” said Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona.

Based on DOH data, there was a total of 9,154 malaria cases in 2011, compared to the 19,644 cases in 2010. With this data, the country attained a ratio of 9.5 malaria cases per 100,000 population, beating the 2011 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on Malaria Morbidity Rate Target of 23 cases per 100,000 population.

In terms of malaria mortality, only ten deaths were reported in 2011 compared to the 30 deaths in 2010. This figure has exceeded the 2011 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) malaria mortality rate target of 0.5 deaths per 100,000 populations.

According to the DOH, the reduction in the number of malaria cases was due to national malaria control efforts of the government which include: early diagnosis and prompt treatment through the use of diagnostic centers; vector control – use of insecticide-treated mosquito net and indoor residual spraying; and enhancement of the capabilities of local government units (LGUs) to manage and implement community-based anti-malaria activities.

Recently, the DOH revealed in a statement that there are six provinces in the Philippines to be declared malaria-free. These provinces include Batanes, Abra, Quirino, Romblon, Misamis Occidental, and Dinagat Islands.