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400 malaria cases reported in Gia Lai

Update: February, 11/2015 - 11:38
The health official said that the health sector has sent staff to hamlets andvillages to spray mosquito repellents and provide more than 11,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to local residents, especially those who lived and worked in theforest in the past. — Photo baogialai

GIA LAI (VNS) — The central Gia Lai Province has reported more than 400 malaria cases since the beginning of this year, especially nearly 300 cases in the KrongPa District.

Director of the Krong Pa health department Dinh Viet Buu said that most ofthe malaria cases were among the ethnic and minority people who live and work in the forest.

Buu added that no malaria deaths have been reported in the district. However, the situation is very complicated due to the local people's inadequate awareness of disease prevention, especially of malaria.

A large number of them are busy working in the fields and woods, and rarely have access to medical centres. They visit medical centres only when theirdisease reaches a late stage, causing difficulties for the health sector, accordingto Buu.

He pointed out that information andawareness on malaria prevention for the people should be increased. People who live and work in or near thewoods should strictly follow measures such as killing mosquitoes with the help of chemicals,wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers and sleeping inside mosquito nets.

The health official said that the health sector has sent staff to hamlets andvillages to spray mosquito repellents and provide more than 11,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to local residents, especially those who lived and worked in theforest in the past. — VNS

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