66 districts witnesses rise in Malaria cases
KARACHI: Malaria Control Programme Malaria is the leading communicable disease in the country being major element causing morbidity in Pakistan. Some districts of Pakistan have high endemic incidence of malaria, according to new economic survey of Pakistan.
Efforts have been made to eradicate malaria but still some districts require significant attention for its eradication. The survey said 66 districts of Balochistan, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh shared highly malarial endemic disease picture having annual parasite incidence greater than 5 per 1,000 population.
National strategic plan (2015-2020) has divided districts in different strata’s in accordance with extent to which they are affected. Balochistan fell in category-I of strata that was highly disease affected.
Details of achievements is listed below: Successful implementation of the new funding model grant fund worth US$ 52 million; Secured worth US$ 39.2 million to implement malaria control intervention in 66 districts of Pakistan under New Funding; Request of Global Fund; Establishment of greater than 4000 malarial
diagnosis and treatment centers; Establishment of greater than 12,000 capacity building (trainings) HCPs; Introduction of greater than 10 million long lasting insecticide treated bed nets; Introduction of greater than 10 million long lasting insecticide treated bed nets.
Other achievements include conduction of greater than 1.5 million; advocacy and awareness programmes; strengthening surveillance system; improved surveillance in 66+5 in (District Medical Units) DMUs supported district; conduction of monthly cluster meeting in global fund supported districts.; global fund grant malaria component has been arranged in 66 districts supporting Directorate of Malaria Control (DOMC) in 48 districts of public sector and Toxic Inhalation Hazard (TIH) in 18 districts of private sector.