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DOH-10 bats for Malaria control amid COVID-19 pandemic

Philippine Information Agency
19 Sep 2020, 22:38 GMT+10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) - With the rising cases of Malaria in some regions and countries, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 fully supports the campaign to control the spread of Malaria in Northern Mindanao using the Manual of Procedure of the National Malaria Control and Elimination Program requiring people with travel history to places with Malaria cases to get tested and observed for symptoms for at least two weeks.

"Bisan pa man nga aduna kita'y pandemya mahitungod sa COVID-19, dili nato kalimtan nga aduna pud kita'y mga laing sakit nga gikinahanglan sugpuon sama sa Malaria," DOH-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano Subaan said.

(Despite having this COVID-19 pandemic, let us not forget that we also have other diseases that we need to beat,such as Malaria.)

Dr. Subaan emphasized that despite the COVID-19 health crisis, DOH-10 is still conducting a holistic approach when it comes to the health of the people in the region.

Malaria, a life-threatening disease usually transmitted by mosquitos can give rise to acute febrile illness and symptoms in the form of chills, headache, and fever that if left untreated, may progress to severe illness and possibly, death.

Through the resolute efforts of the DOH- National Malaria Control and Elimination Program, Northern Mindanao's cases and deaths have been reduced significantly in recent years. However, with the surge of local transmissions in Palawan, Sulu, Occidental Mindoro, Sultan Kudarat, DOH-10 wants to prevent another endemic and health crisis in the region.

"Busa, aron masustena ang atong Malaria-Free nga estado, ang DOH-10 naghatag suporta niining direktiba aron mapugngan ang pagbalik sa mga kaso sa Malaria sa arong rehiyon," he added.

(To sustain our Malaria-free state, DOH-10 shares our support to this directive to prevent the resurgence of Malaria here in the region.) (VPSBautista/PIA10)

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