“Achieving Progress and Impact” is the theme for this year’s World Malaria Day commemorated today. Broad programmes are launched in the country to eradicate the disease.
World Malaria Day is commemorated on the 25th of April every year. The Day is mainly set aside to create awareness about this disease. The UN is taking the crucial first step to reaching the international Millennium Development Goals target of reducing malaria deaths to near zero by 2015.
According to Dr.P.G.Mahipala, Additional Secretary to the Health Ministry a special programme has been mooted to eradicate Malaria from Sri Lanka by year 2015. The Health Ministry stated that the cooperation of the public is vital for the prevention of Malaria as well as diseases such Dengue and Filaria which are being spread by mosquitoes.
The key facts about malaria are that approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. It infects more than 500 million people per year and kills more than 1 million. Over 90% of all deaths related to malaria occur in Africa alone. Malaria is spread mostly in Torrid Zone countries and presently is reported in 110 countries.