Malaria to be eliminated in five years: Nasim

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PV Desk : Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim today said the government will be able to eliminate Malaria from the country in next five years.

“If countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal can do it, why can’t we? We would eliminate Malaria from our country in next five years,” he said.

The minister said these while addressing as the chief guest the inaugural session of Malaria Day programme at CIRDUP Auditorium this noon.

Chaired by Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad, the function was also addressed by Director (disease control unit) of DGHS Prof Dr Sania Tahmina, among others.

Nasim also said special arrangements would be taken for Rohingyas living in different camps in Cox’s Bazar, as they would be provided special mosquito nets. He also emphasized on creating awareness against the disease throughout the year.

DG Health Abul Kalam Azad too reiterated government’s commitment to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease from the country, saying, “Our goal is to eliminate malaria completely from Bangladesh by 2030.”

Sanya Tahmina said that the government undertook an initiative to distribute 333 thousand mosquito nets in phases in the hilly regions and among the Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar.

Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachari are at big risk of Malaria, despite reduction in deaths and infections caused by the fever in the country in last few years.

According to National Malaria Elimination Programme, currently 93 per cent of the country’s 29, 247 malaria patients are from these three hill districts.

The information came out at a press briefing organised by Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) at the National Press Club in the city yesterday on the eve of the World Malaria Day 2018.

The day is being observed today with the theme ‘Ready to Beat Malaria’.