Malaria Gone

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) has re­cently de­clared Sri Lanka free from malaria, which had been a ma­jor cause of deaths in the coun­try. Be­com­ing the first South Asian coun­try that has got­ten rid of the epi­demic, Sri Lanka’s vic­tory over malaria is an out­come of over a decade-long anti-malaria drive, mas­sive health aware­ness cam­paigns and a series of health re­forms which were started in 1999. Be­sides in­ten­sively tar­get­ing mos­qui­toes and other par­a­sites in the pe­riod, mo­bile clin­ics were de­ployed in the coun­try to cater to more than 80 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas.

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