From being one of the most malaria-affected countries to being malaria free, Sri Lanka has come far. After Maldives, Sr Lanka is the second country in World health Organization’s (WHO) south-east Asia region to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease. In a time when Delhi is grappling with Chikungunya and Malaria, one ought to learn from Sri Lanka as to how to drive down malaria toll.
According to a report in The Times of India, Sri Lanka drove out Malaria from its precincts by not only targeting the mosquito but also the parasite. It had established mobile malaria clinics across high transmission areas in the country to curb transmission and increase community engagement. In order to ensure that the parasite is not reintroduced , Sri Lanka’s anti-malaria campaign works closely with local and as well as international partners to keep up the surveillance and to screen its population from time to time.
“Sri Lanka’s road to elimination was ough, and demanded well-calibrated responsive policies,” WHO said in a statement.
According to TOI, India is third among 15 countries to have registered the highest cases of malaria and deaths due to it. And while malarial deaths have fallen across the world in the last 15 years, the disease is still an acute public health problem.