Ministry of Health rolls out a vigorous education campaign on malaria – 20th Feb 2013
Recent reports of some cases of Malaria among schoolchildren have led to the Ministry of Health deploying more personnel to the areas that are likely to be affected. This is according to Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud. Dr. Persaud made this disclosure when he was asked about the recent situation in the Region 7 community of Waramadong, where several students tested positive for malaria. He also said a vigorous education programme is being rolled out.
Dr. Persaud said the reports were taken seriously, but noted that the reported cases may have been imported from other areas. In Guyana, treated mosquito nets have been used as a preventive measure, in addition to prescribed drugs. Thousands of these nets have been distributed according to the CMO.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease spread by the anopheles mosquito and thrive in tropical countries like Guyana . The symptoms include cold and flu-like infections and fever. Several thousand cases are reported in Guyana each year with the highest number of cases found in regions 17, 8 and 9.