Malaria on the way out
The Ministry of Public Health has announced that the country is on the road to once again eliminate malaria, whose incidence has decreased by 53% over the last 14 years.
Doctor Jose Manuel Puello, director of the National Center of Tropical Diseases (CENCET), confirmed that this year the number of cases is down by 61.5% over the same period last year. This year no deaths from the disease have been reported.
According to a CENCET report, during 2013, 108 of the 155 municipalities reporting to the Ministry of Public Health had not reported cases of malaria; 40 municipalities reported less than 0.1 cases per 1,000 inhabitants and only seven municipalities had more than one case per 1,000 inhabitants.
The report said that more than US$4.5 million had been invested in programs to reduce the incidence of the disease over the last five years. These have included implementing epidemiological vigilance programs, modernizing databases and information systems, and stepping up efforts to diagnose and treat cases of malaria.
Source: Puerto Plata Digital
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