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Malaria Prevalence In Liberia Reduced By 10% In 2013
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Health Minister, Walter T. Gwenigale

 

 

Malaria Prevalence In Liberia Reduced By 10% In 2013
By Calvin Brooks

MONROVIA, April 25 (LINA) -The Country Director of the Clinton Health Access Initiative at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has disclosed that malaria prevalence in Liberia reduced by ten percent in 2013.

Dr. Moses Massaquoi said Liberia has been able to reduce the prevalence of malaria from 66 percent in 2005 to 28 percent in 2011, significantly lowering malaria deaths.

Dr. Massaquoi made the disclosure Friday at a program marking World Malaria Day organized by the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and the Ministry of Health and Social and Welfare in collaboration with its partners at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville outside Monrovia.

He said cases of severe malaria among the population were dramatically reduced between 2005 and 2013, cutting the number of malaria deaths considerably in Liberia.

He pointed out that this achievement was a vital contributor to Liberia achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4, the only country so far in Africa to achieve this important goal, the Liberia News Agency reports.

Dr. Massaquoi indicated that all these were achieved through the scale up of evidence-based interventions with health workers who have been trained to improve the detection, treatment and tracking of malaria cases.

He stressed that the availability of malaria diagnostic tools and highly effective drugs has significantly improved, with minimal stock rupture and the malaria control program with support from partners distributed over four million long- lasting insecticide nets.

He explained that in spite of these laudable achievements, there exist challenges that need to be tackled to ensure that gains made so far are sustained, which would lead to the elimination of malaria in the near future in Liberia.

Dr. Massaquoi emphasized the need to bring on board more stakeholders, particularly the private and corporate sectors to contribute to the malaria control efforts, saying the Executive and Legislative branches of government should invest in the malaria control and prevention initiative.

The World Malaria Day program was observed under the theme: “Investing in the future, defeating malaria in Liberia” and "be tested before treatment."

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