Royal Government of Cambodia has reduced the number of malaria patients by almost 42 percent and deaths by 99 percent since 2011, according to the record of the National Centre for Parasitology Entomology and Malaria Control, Ministry of Health.
The achievement was underlined during the national celebration of the World Malaria Day in Pursat province yesterday under the chairmanship of Health Minister H.E. Mam Bunheng, Environment Minister H.E. Say Samal, and Provincial Governor H.E. Mao Thonin.
The encouraging outcomes, as underlined by H.E. Mam Bunheng, were made possible by committed rollout of the National Strategic Plan for Elimination of Malaria in Cambodia heading toward zero case of the disease by 2025.
In his message read by the health minister to some 1,500 participants, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen acknowledged the hard work of concerned officials and stakeholders joining hands to minimise the threat of malaria in Cambodia.
While cheering the success of malaria control, Samdech Techo Prime Minister also urged Cambodians especially those living by the forests to continue being vigilant at all time � staying safe from female anopheles mosquitoes, and getting proper treatment when infected.
With April 25 as symbolic date, World Malaria Day was introduced in 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly to mobilise global efforts to control malaria.
Under this year's theme, Ready to Beat Malaria, Cambodia observed the day not only to indicate where the country is in terms of the disease control, but also to further call for the engagement of the public and relevant stakeholders in the effort.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press