Union Minister: Malaria cases, death rate down in Myanmar

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NAY PYI TAW, 26 Dec - The death rate and the rate of malaria cases have both fallen in Myanmar, meeting the target of the UN millennium goal, Union Minister for Health Dr Pe Thet Khin said at National Seminar on Malaria held here today.

The Union Minister urged all bodies concerned to put more efforts for fighting the drug and insecticide resistence with the use of artemisinin-combination therapies.

The rate of malaria cases rate has dropped from 24 in 1000 people while the death rate 13 in 100,000 in 1990, the beginning year of the UN millennium goal, to 10 in 1000 and 2 in 100,000 respectively in 2010.

The encouraging figure is due to cooperative efforts of the Ministry of Health, ministries concerned, INGOs, local social organizations and the people, the Union Minister said.

According to statistics, there were around 500,000 cases of Malaria in Myanmar and around 1000 died from the mosquito-borne disease every year.

Experts for fighting the disease and researchers participated in the seminar.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, there are around 500 million malaria cases and the disease caused the death of an estimated 1,000,000 people every year. - MNA