A Special National Programme has been launched for the complete eradication of Malaria from the country within four years.
The programme is effective from today. A sum of 30 million US Dollars has been given by the US Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Minister Maithripala Sirisena launched the web site which has been mooted for the coordination of the progtramme. It was opened by the Minister today.
About 500 malaria cases were reported last year. However, the Health Ministry said that the number of cases reported so far this year is 50. The Minister emphasized that the support of everyone was imperative for the success of this programme.