Prov’l health office in Palawan to review anti-malaria program

April 17, 2015 10:13 am 

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 16 -– The Palawan Provincial Health Office (PHO) is scheduled to conduct a Program Implementation Review (PIR) of the anti-malaria program Kilusan Ligtas Malaria (KLM) in the town of Rizal in the southern part of the province.

KLM Program Manager Aileen Balderian said the review would be conducted in Rizal town on April 21-22 as it topped the list of municipalities in Palawan that had high malaria affectation.

The activity will be led by Dr. Mario Baquilod of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the National Malaria Program (NMP), representatives from the Regional Office and the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the Country Coordinating Council for Malaria (CCCM), a non-government organization.

Dr. Eduardo Cruz, chief of the PHO, will also attend, as well as local government unit and barangay officials of Rizal.

Trained barangay microscopists will also attend the review that hopes to collect important malaria data from the accomplishment reports to be given by members of the barangay council, especially those who are chairpersons of the Committee on Health. Rizal has 11 barangays.

Balderian said Thursday that the TWG wanted to also see if the preventive measures being undertaken against malaria were being done correctly in Rizal.

After the review, planning will be done to determine efficient and effective actions to downgrade malaria cases in Rizal town.

She said a Malaria Awareness Day would be conducted too on April 23 in barangays Iraan and Bunog, while on April 24, the World Malaria Day will be done in the nearby town of Bataraza in Rio Tuba.

Balderian confirmed that in Bataraza, 11 municipalities out of 23 in Palawan will attend the World Malaria Day. Activities will be a walk against malaria, blood smearing for malaria parasite, information campaign and others.

Aside from this, Malaria Brigade will be launched in communities, where there are indigenous peoples to monitor cases.

There will be a pledge of commitment activity, she said, with the KLM and the government agencies that support its anti-malaria efforts.

Balderian also said that all long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) would be replaced with new ones. The old bed nets would be used to teach the indigenous peoples to weave them into sleeping mats as income generating project. (PNA)

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