BAGUIO CITY: The Department of Health (DOH) is on-track in eliminating malaria in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
DOH-CAR Regional Office Infectious Disease Cluster head Dr. Alexei Marrero said Baguio City and the provinces of Abra and Benguet have been declared malaria-free after five consecutive years of not reporting a malaria case.
He said Mountain Province is getting nearer to achieving a malaria-free status with four consecutive years of zero malaria cases. Ifugao and Kalinga have zero recorded cases for three and two years, respectively.
Marrero said 13 malaria cases were recorded in the region in 2014, of which five were imported cases or the patient’s infection was from other parts of the country.
Only one case of malaria was recorded as of April 11, a 67-percent decrease compared to the three cases recorded during the same period last year.
For the DOH campaign, Marrero said the agency is into continuing its information, education and communication campaign that is focused on strengthening inter-border campaign to ensure that malaria will not cross from endemic areas to malaria-free zones. Also included in the campaign are clean-up drives and distribution of insecticide— treated mosquito nets to households and treated curtains to public schools.