Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Health gains: Malaria’s toll less deadly in past year

Health gains: Malaria’s toll less deadly in past year

Health gains: Malaria’s toll less deadly in past year

Malaria-related deaths declined by 35 per cent in 2011 from the total fatalities in 2010, the National Center for Malaria said yesterday.

Char Meng Chuor, director of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, said that there were 62,690 cases of malaria in 2011, an increase of 7 per cent from 2010’s 58,700 cases.

“We got success in fighting malaria [deaths] last year because we spread our volunteer agency in the villages, which face high rates of malaria infection,” Char Meng Chuor said.

“We have two volunteers who are in the villages to stand by. They have knowledge about how to protect and treat malaria, and they have medicines and tools to check blood to find the malaria virus.”

He added that most people who had to be treated in hospital were from Ratanakkiri, Kratie, Preah Vihear and Pursat provinces.

Char Meng Chuor said that if the death toll continues to decrease at such a dramatic rate, the Kingdom would reach its development goal of zero malaria-related deaths.

The National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control will distribute more than 1, 8 million mosquito nets in the first week of February to 15 provinces.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release