Palawan high­est in Malaria; Case in­creases up to 7.76%

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

The De­part­ment of Health (DOH) MIMAROPA marked Palawan to have the high­est cases of Malaria since 2013 up to 2018.

Record shows that there is an in­crease of up to 7.76% of malaria case com­pared to last year’s data. The data shows that 3,827 cases of Malaria were recorded in 2017, ris­ing up to 4, 128 for the year 2018.

How­ever, de­spite the up­scale of Malaria cases in the prov­ince, death cases de­clined from 2 to 1, recorded in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bataraza. The data also marked Palawan to have the high­est Malaria cases in the MIMAROPA re­gion fol­lowed by Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro with only 4 cases recorded. Romblon, Marinduque were de­clared as Malaria-Free prov­inces while Ori­en­tal Min­doro re­mains un­der as­sess­ment but has zero case since 2012.

The data also listed top 5 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Palawan with high­est Malaria cases: Rizal town hit 2,718 re­ported cases for 2018, fol­lowed by Bataraza with 3724 cases, Bal­abac with 329, Que­zon with 219 cases and Brookes Point with 217.

IN PHOTO: (Left to Right) Provin­cial Malaria Co­or­di­na­tor - Palawan Aileen Balde­rian, Med­i­cal of­fi­cer WHO Dr. Gawrie Galap­paththy , DOH Re­gional Direc­tor Mario Baquilod, DOH Un­der­sec­re­tary Dr. Ger­ardo V. Bayugo, DOH As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Dr. Maria Fran­cia Laxa­m­ana, Deputy Pro­gram Man­ager Philip­inas Shell foun­da­tion Rey Angluben and As­sis­tant City Health Of­fi­cer Dean Palanca. Photo by Sev Borda III / PDN

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