The Ministry of Public Health has set an ambitious plan to reduce the number of malaria infections and deaths over years to come.
Recent years have witnessed people getting sick and dying of malaria and this has caused an impact on the socio-economic development in many countries around the world, said Minister of Public Health, Mr Bounkong Sihavong.
In 2007, at the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, a meeting sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), it was proposed that Africa Malaria Day be changed to World Malaria Day to recognize the existence of malaria in countries worldwide and to bring greater awareness to the global fight against the disease.
This year’s global theme for World Malaria Day is End Malaria for Good.
According to the WHO, over 200 million people were infected with malaria and 429,000 killed by the disease in 2015. There was a 21 percent decrease in the number of people infected, while deaths from the disease decreased by 29 percent as compared to 2010.
In the Lao PDR, over 16,000 people were reportedly infected with malaria in 2016. This was 44 percent lower than the figures reported in 2015, when more than 36,000 people were infected with malaria.
Malaria claimed one life last year.
Until 2000, Malaria had been a significant health problem. However, our ministry has an ambitious plan to reduce the number of people infected with malaria and eliminate the disease by 2020, said Minister of Public Health Mr. Bounkong.
Source: Lao News Agency