Palawan, DOH-Mimaropa intensify activities for malaria elimination

QUEZON CITY, Feb 29 (PIA) — The Department of Health – Mimaropa (DOH-Mimaropa) and the Province of Palawan will use a combination of spraying and mosquito net protection to eliminate malaria in the province.

Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said a three cycle indoor residual spraying operation in areas with high incidence of malaria will be implemented to ensure the efficacy of the insecticide.

“In this way, the effective and immediate elimination of malaria causing mosquitoes in the target municipalities can be assured and reduction of malaria cases in the province can be achieved,” Janairo said.

“We also provided 155,725 long lasting insecticide treated nets to 302,310 families for them to place in their homes for added protection against malaria mosquitoes. This year we have allocated 241,800 of these treated nets for distribution in all areas of concern in Palawan,”said Janairo.

Director Janairo also reported that the trainings for Barangay Health Workers in coordination with the local government units are continuing.

Today, Palawan has 118 Barangay Microscopists after completing the Refresher Course on Malaria Microscopy and 108 Barangay Health Workers trained on Rapid Diagnostic Test.

Last year, the third Palawan Research Institute for Malaria Mosquito-borne diseases (PRIMM), located at the PEO Compound in Barangay Bancao – Bancao in Puerto Princesa City, was established to serve as a hub for all malaria-diagnostic and entomological trainings, quality assurance and research and development for regions IV-B, V, VI, and VII.

PRIMM is equipped with malaria microscopic training laboratory and slide bank, entomology training laboratory and insectary.

The Center was established through the initiative of the Movement Against Malaria, a joint project of Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc., Regional Health Office – MIMAROPA and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine with financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Malampaya Joint Venture Partners of Shell Philippines Exploration, Chevron Malampaya LLC and the Philippine National Oil Company.

The other similar centers are in located in Tuguegarao and Davao.

From January 1- February 19, the DOH-Mimaropa Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) reported 13 new cases. Among the municipalities with the highest incidence of malaria cases were Taytay (six malaria cases), Bataraza (three cases), San Vicente (two cases), and Sofronio Espanola and Puerto Princesa City with one case each.

In 2015, a total of 7,437 malaria cases were recorded with 13 deaths: these figures are higher than those recorded in 2014 (4,206 cases with 5 deaths).

Among the municipalities with malaria cases in 2015 are Rizal (1,725 cases); Bataraza (736); Brooke’s Point (639); Quezon (247); Puerto Princesa City (241); Sofronio Espanola (232); Balabac (137); Aborlan (83); Narra (49); Roxas (5); San Vicente (3); and Taytay (1). (LP/PIA4B)

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