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95 barangays of Kalinga get treated mosquito nets

Tabuk, Kalinga (6 June) -- The Global Fund Malaria Component (GFMC) project will be providing long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to 95 barangays in the province as part of the continuous campaign of GF under the Tropical Disease Foundation Inc. to eliminate malaria in highly endemic areas in the country.

Mr. Ferdinand Ayang-ang, Project Coordinator of the GFMC Kalinga said the GF is giving focus on saturating the nets to the identified 'highly malaria-endemic barangays,' providing enough insecticide-treated nets to stop the spread of said deadly disease.

"The free nets will be distributed depending on the number of family members based on the bednet utilization survey conducted by the barangay health workers," he said adding that single nets will also be distributed to district hospitals for the in-patient department.

These are being distributed free without any counterpart from the beneficiaries.

The effect of the long-lasting insecticide-treated nets he said could last for five years if properly taken cared of as instructed.

According to Ayang-ang, distribution has already started covering the 23 barangays of Pinukpuk and the 17 barangays of Rizal. This is implemented through the assistance of the Cordillera Trail Riders Club of Kalinga.

Next on schedule are the 15 barangays of Tabuk, 15 barangays of Tanudan, 8 in Pasil, 14 in Balbalan and 3 Barangays in Lubuagan. Only the municipality of Tinglayan remains malaria-free, Ayang-ang reported.

During the World Malaria Day celebration last May 4, the GFMC Project Kalinga has also given 100 free insecticide-treated single nets and 350 hammocks to members of the Philippine Army based in province.

"Being one of the most mobile groups in the province, the elements of the AFP are at risk to malaria," he said.

According to Ayang-ang, since the start of GFMC in Kalinga, malaria cases had declined significantly from the 860 confirmed cases in 2003 to only 193 in 2008.

Records show that in 2008, the municipality of Pinukpuk recorded the highest number of cases with 110 due to an upsurge in Barangay Malagnat.

Rizal was second in rank with 33 followed by the 24 cases in Tabuk, 19 in Pasil 5 in Balbalan and one case each for Lubuagan and Tanudan. Tinglayan has no recorded case.

The provision of insecticide-treated nets was strategy adopted by the GFMC in partnership with the local governments in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of reducing malaria mortality and morbidity. The MGD is a global agenda for development by 2015 signed by 189 member states that included the Philippines.(ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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