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PM backs war against malaria

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A child gets attention from medical workers. The country has a target of eliminating malaria before 2025. KT/ Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan KT/ Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan

Prime Minister Hun Sen called for renewed effort to wipe out malaria in Cambodia by 2025 in a message to mark World Malaria Day on Tuesday.
There were 23,627 cases of malaria in the country last year, a decrease of 54 percent compared with 2015, which saw 51,262 cases and 10 deaths.
Mr. Hun Sen congratulated officials on the drop, but urged the Health Ministry, local authorities and the public to do more to stamp out the disease.
“The fight against malaria is going well and we are on target to meet the national strategy to eliminate malaria in Cambodia before 2025,” Mr. Hun Sen said.
“However, we must not be complacent with the results so far. Malaria is still a serious issue for Cambodia. Unless we eliminate the virus from everybody, mosquitos can spread the virus from one person to another and from one community to another.
“We must all pay attention to improving health and quality of life for the dignity of our people.”
According to the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, deaths from malaria reduced by 98 percent in five years, from 93 fatalities in 2011 to only one last year.
Malaria cases also dropped 79 percent in  the same period, down from 62,690 in 2011 to 23,627.
Aside from the health implications, Mr. Hun Sen said malaria harms social-economic development because sufferers are forced to spend money on treatment and lose the ability to work while they are ill.  
Malaria is a life-threatening blood disease caused by parasites transmitted to humans through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito.
Cambodians living in malaria-prone areas are recommended to sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets every night.

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