The Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Center launched a new weapon
Tuesday in the fight against the killer disease - pre-packaged 'blisterpacks' of
mefloquine and artesunate tablets. Dr Jan Rozendal, malaria advisor with the
CMCP, explained that the easy-to-recognize package would hopefully put an end to
incorrect prescriptions and dosages, and the powerful combination of the two
drugs would enable the pateint to recover fast without relapses.
Bouth Denis, Vice director of the National Malaria Center, said in a press
relase: "Cambodia is one of the world's worst places in terms of resistance to
malaria drugs. Prepackaging the combined treatment in the correct dosages . . .
is the most effective way to ensure that people take the correct treatment and
to stop the further development and spread of resistance.
the EC, the packs will have a retail price of around 9,000 riel.