Malaria still highly endemic in Kilinochchi district

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 February 2003, 19:36 GMT]
Although there is a significant drop in reported cases, malaria is still highly prevalent as there were 1746 persons were severely affected by the epidemic in 2002, said Kilinochchi Government Agent (GA) Mr. T. Rasanayagam.

Officials in the Department of Health disclosed that epidemic preventive measures in Kilinochchi have improved since the removal of embargo on medicines and economic activities. The free flow of goods after the re-opening of the A-9 road has also helped the situation to a great extent.

They noted that the measures to destroy mosquitoes to prevent the epidemic of malaria have improved.

However, the shortage of doctors, nurses and other resources in the Department of Health continue to be serious issue. It is therefore very difficult to expand the services to a satisfactory level, sources said.


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