The incidence of Malaria have reached an all-time low in the Province of Quezon, Mr. Manly Cantos, IPHO-QMC Malaria Coordinator, reportedlast November 13, 2012 at the provincial radio program “Kapitolyo sa Tao”.
According to Cantos, a total of 364 cases of Malaria have been recorded in Quezon last 2009. Through the directive of Governor David “Jayjay” C. Suarez, the Provincial Government has successfully controlled the disease, placing it on a steady decline with 246 cases at 2010 to 74 cases at 2011, and finally, to only 17 cases for the current year of 2012.
The campaign against Malaria was made successful primarily through the founding of the Provincial Malaria Monitoring Team under the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), which visits and inspects municipalities throughout Quezon to make sure that steps are being taken to combat the disease. Aside from scheduled spraying of anti-mosquito chemicals, mosquito nets with insecticides are also distributed by the group to families for free in order to protect them against Malaria.
The monitoring team also conducts awareness forums, where they teach Quezonians ways to reduce the risk of Malaria infection and how to treat the sickness and stop it from worsening once a person contracts it.
To date, the IPHO – through the leadership of Dr. AgripinoT ullas – has recorded zero Malaria deaths in the province.
IPHO-QMC also held a Multi-Sectoral Forum for Malaria at Queen Margarette Hotel, headed by Dr. Mario Cuento - Assistant IPHO, and Dr. Antonio Bautista - Deputy Project Manager for Field Operation ng Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. Movement Against Malaria. The said meeting were attended by representatives from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Provincial Social Welfare Development Office, Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, land developers from the province as well as media practitioners.
During the last part of the forum, the attendees reached an agreement to help spread information to fight Malaria.(QUEZON PIO)