ILOCOS SUR STRIVES TO BE MALARIA-FREE

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BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: If there will be no indigenous malaria cases recorded this 2013 and next year, Ilocos Sur will reach its target for a malaria-free province in accordance with the standards set by World Health Organization (WHO), according to provincial health officials. Provincial malaria control officials said that 2014 will be the fifth year that Ilocos Sur will have no reported indigenous malaria case since 2009. Since it achieved this feat, the last case of indigenous malaria in Ilocos Sur was recorded in 2008 in Quirino town, according to Rogelio Varilla, malaria control foreman of the Provincial Health Team Office. In collaboration with the National Malaria Control Service (NMCS), the WHO—after having had no reported indigenous cases for five consecutive years an area it has evaluated—will declare the place malaria-free. “If no incidents will be reported this year, then Ilocos Sur will be declared malaria-free by 2014,” Varilla said.

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