Malaria Said ‘Under Control’

Malaria in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam was under control in 1998, the European Commis­sion’s Program on Malaria Control in Indochinese countries reported in Hanoi recently.

“To be under control means that we have been able to go out, take blood smears, and treat patients, so we know how many are ill, how many have died, and how we might prevent the disease,” said Dr Mey Bouth Denis, director of the EC’s Malaria Center in Phnom Penh.

The Program on Malaria Control provides training and supplies to the three countries. The EC funds the program at a cost of $27 million. The World Health Organization provides assistance.

The July meeting in Hanoi was chaired by Vietnamese Health Minister Do Nguyen. Laotian Public Health Minister Ponmek Dalaloy, Cambodian Health Minister Hong Sun Huot, and EC Ambassador to Vietnam Riccar­do Revena also attended, according to a recent report by Asia Pulse magazine.

Hong Sun Huot attributed success of the malaria control programs to the support of the EC’s four-year Regional Malaria Con­trol Program.

The meeting also approved a program for 1999, which will be based on improving primary care and controlling disease in border areas, Hong Sun Huot said.

Hong Sun Huot said Cam­bodia is considering more cooperation with international NGOs in efforts to control malaria.

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