Foundation taps Nueva Vizcaya for $31-M malaria eradication program
by Ben Moses Ebreo
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (February 16) ? A foundation has included Nueva Vizcaya as one of its 40 pilot provinces in the country to undertake various programs, projects and activities designed to eradicate the incidence of malaria in upland villages.
Dr. Edwin Galapon, provincial health officer said Filipinas Shell Foundation(FSF) has allotted some USD 31 million for its malaria-eradication program in the country.
"This fund will be divided by 40 pilot provinces as recipients of this program. The amount to be given for each province will depend on their proposed work and financial plan," Galapon said.
He said that 80 percent of the requirements of the malaria eradication program will be financed through the FSF fund while 20 percent will be funded by the provincial government here.
The malaria eradication program which will be implemented by the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Department of Health (DOH), provincial and municipal local governments from 2010 to 2015 aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality of malaria incidence by 70 percent.
The program covers 8 municipalities with upland villages in the province such as Diadi, Villaverde, Quezon, Bagabag, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur, Kasibu and Alfonso Castaneda.
Health officials, according to Galapon met Early this week to follow-up the implementation of the malaria eradication program in the province.
"This program was already started last month. We are now conducting surveys in tribal communities or barangays to come up with baseline data. With this, we can identify how many households to serve," Galapon said.
According to Galapon, while the number of malaria incidence in the province continue to decline, the program intends to make the province free from the dreaded disease specially in villages of indigenous people.
The program provides technical assistance, training, spraying for 300,000 households, purchase of equipments such as microscope and computers and provision of imported long lasting treated bed nets(mosquito nets) for 50,000 to 100,000 families in the province.
Galapon recalled that incidence of malaria in Nueva Vizcaya continue to go down from 65 cases in 2007 to 41 cases in 2008 and lesser in 2009. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]