Cambodia malaria cases continue to decline in first half: health official

Cambodia recorded 2,005 cases of malaria in the first half of 2022, down 3 percent from the 2,072 cases recorded in the same period last year, a health official said on Thursday.

“Among the reported cases, there were no deaths,” Huy Rekol, director of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, told Xinhua.

He said Cambodia had not recorded any malaria-related deaths since 2018, leading the Southeast Asian nation to be considered a country that had successfully eliminated malaria deaths three years earlier. than his goal.

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Rekol attributed the drop in malaria cases to better public awareness, adequate equipment such as malaria screening devices, insecticide-treated bed nets and anti-malarial drugs.

He said many changes in rainfall and weather led to fewer malaria cases falling during the January-June period this year.

Diagnostic tests and treatment for malaria are very effective in Cambodia, he said, adding that artesunate-mefloquine, or ASMQ, is 100 percent safe and effective against malaria.

“We are confident that Cambodia will be able to eliminate malaria cases by 2025 because year after year the number of malaria cases has continued to decline,” Rekol said.

Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes, often found during the rainy season and occurring mainly in forested and mountainous provinces, he said.

He added that to avoid being bitten by malaria-carrying mosquitoes, people living in malaria-prone areas should sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets at all times. Xinhua

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