by Peter A. Balocnit / PIA
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Global Fund Malaria (GFM) will distribute additional 4,900 treated mosquito nets to unstable areas where malaria cases are recurrent.
Roldan Liwaliw of the Center for Health Development said the distribution of mosquito nets to malaria endemic barangays is aimed at controlling the recurrence of the disease.
He said unstable areas are those recording malaria cases after three to six months from the last monitoring.
Liwaliw added only two barangays are labeled stable – Malagnat, Pinukpuk and Babalag West, Rizal.
“Malaria transmission in unstable barangays continuously occurs with no break, which this coordinative effort is trying to control,” he said. About 5,000 bed nets are arriving soon, he added.
The GFM has been helping the Department of Health and the local government in the fight against malaria in the province.
Aside from the distribution of treated nets, the GFM also helped in the establishment of barangay microscopy centers and rapid diagnostic test sites.
Liwaliw added the CHD is presently reconciling malaria related records from 2008 to 2012 to establish a benchmark data to be used in their stratification of plans for the next three to five years.
Already covered municipalities are Rizal, Tanudan, and Balbalan, he said.