DOH: Bicol now malaria-free

By Connie Calipay

The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol (DOH) has declared the region malaria-free.


Noemi Bron, DOH-Bicol Health and Promotion chief, said the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) has reported zero malaria cases in the region since 2012.


"Malaria-free po tayo (We are malaria-free) for the past 10 years," Bron said.

Malaria is a life-threatening yet preventable and treatable disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium that is often transmitted to humans through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito.


"Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache, and chills that usually appear 10 to 15 days after getting bitten. If left untreated, an infected person may experience kidney failure, seizure, coma, and in severe cases, death," DOH said.


I In 2020, an estimated 241 million cases of malaria were recorded worldwide.


Bron said the disease can be avoided by using insecticide-treated nets, insecticide spray, and removing mosquito breeding areas, especially in high-risk areas.


"People experiencing symptoms of malaria should visit their nearest health center for the proper medical examination and treatment. Prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of malaria reduce morbidity and mortality rates and transmission of the disease," she added.


The DOH urged the public to practice preventive measures and to report to the nearest health center if any malaria symptoms occur. (PNA)