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Community health volunteers register remarkable outcome in Malaria prevention: Ministry

The Ministry of health stated on the occasion of World Malaria Day that the role of community health volunteers in the effective work accomplished pursuing malaria eradication was admirable. It also explained that the morbidity and mortality rates for malaria have shown minimal harm rate thanks to the integrated efforts exerted by all pertinent bodies. It further indicated that increased endeavors are in the pipeline to achieve the ultimate goal. Asmara, 27 April 2012 – The Ministry of health stated on the occasion of World Malaria Day that the role of community health volunteers in the effective work accomplished pursuing malaria eradication was admirable. It also explained that the morbidity and mortality rates for malaria have shown minimal harm rate thanks to the integrated efforts exerted by all pertinent bodies. It further indicated that increased endeavors are in the pipeline to achieve the ultimate goal.

Dr. Meles Gebreyesus, head of malaria prevention department in the Ministry’s branch in the Central region, pointed out that community health volunteers are well equipped and actively involved in the task, and that they carried out effective community sensitization activities pertaining to proper use of bed nets and the prevention of mosquito reproduction. He also pointed out that the Ministry has organized a number of training courses to community health volunteers. Moreover, training course regarding diagnosis and cure of malaria was given to a total of 190 health professionals.

The Health Ministry indicated that anti-mosquito insecticide was sprayed in a total area of 800 square meters and that increased endeavors would be made to this end.

It is to be noted that World Malaria Day is being commemorated for the fifth time.

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