90% Of People In PNG At Risk For Malaria

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Mosquito-borne disease is leading cause of hospitalization

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 1, 2014) – 90 percent of Papua New Guinea's seven million population are at risk of malaria infection.

The Minister for Health and HIV AIDS, Michael Malabag, says malaria is the leading cause for hospital admissions in PNG.

Mr Malabag says the figures are even higher than what is on record and that the burden falls on the rural majority and the urban poor.

The Post Courier reports that according to the Institute of Medical Research, only 40 percent of children under five and only 44 percent of pregnant women were sleeping under nets at night.

Mr Malabag said getting rid of malaria has been a challenge but some goals have been achieved through partnership.

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