Malaria Cases In Solomons Drop Dramatically

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3-fold drop in 5 years called ‘remarkable’

By Charley Piringi

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 10, 2013) – Malaria cases in the country have dropped significantly, health authorities revealed yesterday.

"The number of confirmed malaria cases dropped from 132 per 1000 people in 2007 to 44 per 1000 people in 2012," Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Dr Lester Ross said yesterday.

"This three-fold reduction is a remarkable progress," he added.

Dr Ross said achievement shows the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme has made remarkable progress in its malaria control efforts.

He said Isabel Province is leading the country in its malaria elimination effort.

"Thanks to a very strong community mobilisation, the elimination effort in Isabel Province is on track with only 1 case per 1000 people detected in 2012, confirming the aspiration of the people there to eliminate malaria by 2014".

The big drop in malaria cases was found by a review team made up of reps from the World Health Organisation and local health officials.

The team conducted a comprehensive malaria program over the past two weeks to review the findings by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, which started in 2008.

Presenting the review’s findings, Dr Ross said that the National Vector Borne Disease Programme had made remarkable progress in malaria control.

"The review team found that the national programme had achieved remarkable progress over the last few years.

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