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NGOs intensify campaign vs malaria in Mt Province

by Juliet B. Saley

Bontoc, Mt. Province (30 November) -- In observance of Malaria Awareness Month this November, the Global Fund Malaria Project in partnership with the Philippine Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) is intensifying its information campaign on the prevention of malaria and the use of Long lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs).

With the theme "Moving Towards Malaria Elimination by Starting in our Community," Clydelyn Molintas, project officer of Movement Against Malaria in Mt. Province, said that they are conducting information and education campaign on how to prevent malaria in identified endemic towns in the province.

These are the municipalities of Besao, Natonin, Paracelis and Tadian with Paracelis as the most endemic as evidence of record malaria cases during the previous years.

Molintas said part of the celebration of the Malaria Awareness Month is the conduct of competitions on net relay, quiz bee, slogan, jingles, poster making. The PSFI has allotted P10,000.00 for each of the four municipalities for prizes.

The PSFI also allotted the amount of P8.1 million for the purchase of long lasting insecticide-treated nets.

The treated nets were distributed to the families in all the barangays of Natonin and Paracelis, In the municicpality of Tadian only families in barangays Bunga and Mabalite were given treated nets. In Besao, only barangays Laylaya and Tamboan will be receiving treated nets on December 1.

Molintas also bared that the PSFI has also allotted the amount of P600,000.00 for the upgrading of warehouses in the four municipalities including the Provincial Health Office. Of the amount, the PHO office is allotted with P200,000.00 while the four are appropriated with P100,000.00 each.

Molintas in her latest report which she presented during the Provincial Health Board last November 23, said that there is no reported malaria case for this month. (PIA-MP) [top]

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