Malaria cases up in Camarines Norte town – Red Cross

January 26, 2010 11:21 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 26 – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Camarines Norte chapter reported Tuesday an increasing number of malaria cases in Barangay Osmeña and Barangay Luklukan Sur in Jose Panganiban municipality, affecting primarily the relocation site of indigenous people.

PRC-Camarines Norte reported that a blood sampling conducted resulted in 21 samples positive of malaria.

In response, the PRC Camarines Norte chapter is initiating clean-up drive and also recommended the distribution of treated mosquito nets and hygiene kits.

The local government unit, for its part, will conduct massive screening test for malaria and information campaign as well as preventive measures while the provincial health office will be providing technical assistance in the conduct of training for barangay health workers and collection of blood samples.

PRC officials directed its Camarines Norte chapter to continuously monitor number of cases and to mobilize community health volunteers for health education.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), there are 300-500 million accounted clinical cases of malaria per year and 1.5 – 2.7 million deaths from malaria each year.

Although the Philippines do not contribute significantly to the global mortality from malaria, out of 77 provinces, 74 are considered endemic, with around 11 million Filipinos at risk of malaria. (PNA)

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