H & S Union Minister attends ceremony for malaria program

Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe delivers a speech at the “Central Level Launching Ceremony for Malaria Elimination” at the Mingalar Thiri Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday. photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe delivers a speech at the “Central Level Launching Ceremony for Malaria Elimination” at the Mingalar Thiri Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday. photo: MNA

A central-level launching ceremony for malaria elimination in Myanmar was held yesterday morning at the Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, as part of efforts for meeting the country’s target of ending malaria by 2030.
Speaking at the event, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe called for a review of the existing directives and rules for elimination of malaria so they are in conformity with the current situation.
The Union Minister also stressed the importance of active cooperation between the ministry and NGOs, INGOs, private hospitals, and health organizations.
Myanmar is implementing a malaria elimination strategy (2016-2030) and procedures.
It is making efforts for meeting the targets of eliminating plasmodium falciparum malaria by 2025 and all kinds of malaria in Myanmar by 2030.
There were about 600,000 people who contracted malaria in 2009, and 672 people died from the disease. In 2018, the number of infected persons decreased to 76,518 and the number of deaths to 19. Sixty-four per cent of the infected persons were from 12 townships, according to the Union Minister.
“The responsible persons from regions and states and participants in the process need to study the plans, strategies. and processes for preventing malaria and develop the plans so they are in line with the current situation by reviewing the plans and standard procedures for preventing malaria,” said the Union Minister.
Afterwards, deputy director Dr Aung Thi, project manager of the National Plan for Malaria Elimination, explained the responsibilities and procedures of the national-level committee for a malaria-free Myanmar, the Malaria Elimination Roadmap for Myanmar, and the National-Level Strategic Plan for Freedom from Malaria(2020-2025). Consultant on disease prevention with the Ministry of Health and Sports, Dr Saw Lwin, explained the upcoming projects for eliminating malaria and answered questions from attendees. — MNA
(Translate by Ba Htoo)

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