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Mortality rate in connection with malaria stands at zero in the Central region: Ministry

The Ministry of Health indicated that the mortality rate in connection with malaria presently stands at zero in the Central region. It made the statement in connection with the commemoration of World Malaria Day which was held in Tsaeda-Kristian, Berikh sub-zone.

Asmara, 25 April 2013 – The Ministry of Health indicated that the mortality rate in connection with malaria presently stands at zero in the Central region. It made the statement in connection with the commemoration of World Malaria Day which was held in Tsaeda-Kristian, Berikh sub-zone.

Speaking at the commemoration ceremony, Dr. Tesfai Solomon, head of the Ministry’s branch in the region, noted the perpetual prevalence of the disease in the African and Asian continents. He further pointed out that the WHO has mapped out a program as regards malaria with a view to saving the lives of 3 million African children in the year 2015.

Dr. Tesfai disclosed that integrated efforts are being made by the Ministry regarding effective implementation of malaria prevention mechanisms and raising community awareness in connection with the disease, besides ensuring better diagnosis and treatment methods. Moreover, he called on communities to popularize community hygiene initiatives and proper use of bed nets.

Mr. Melles Gebreyesus, head of malaria prevention at the regional office, explained that such accomplishment could be registered thanks to the accomplishment registered pertaining to environmental hygiene on the basis of popular undertakings, in addition to the prevalence of popular awareness.

Reports indicate that more than 42,500 free bed nets were distributed from the year 2010 to 2012 in the Central region, and that several activities were staged during the event.

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