Central Vietnam responding to The World Malaria Day, April 25, 2009
|A Gong playing band in West Highlands.|
In order to acknowledge the global efforts in malaria control, the World Health Oragnisation (WHO) took the 25thApril annually as The World Malaria Day, so the 25thApril this year is the second time that Vietnam and the world launch World Malaria Day with the purpose of raising awareness and understanding of malaria, at the same time mobilise the masses to strengthen malaria control strategies such as malaria preventation and treatment based on community in endemic areas.
Under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Project on the propagandizing campaign on malaria control to respond to World Malaria Day 2009, the IMPE Quy Nhon and the provinces in Central Vietnam have been initiating the malaria control activities in the first 6 months of 2009. The provinces have chosen several districts of endemic malaria, such as Minh Hoa (Quang Binh province), Huong Hoa (Quang Tri province), A Luoi (Thua Thien Hue province), Nam Tra My (Quang Nam province), Tra Bong (Quang Ngai province), Dakglei (Kon Tum province), Buon Don (Dak Lak province)... and coordinated with local mass communications to widely and deeply propagandize the meaning of World Malaria Day as well as themalaria control campaign to local people; at the same time directed the lower-levels units to effectively carry out vector control strategies, such as insecticide residual spraying, impregnating bed-net, detecting and treating malaria patients, strengthening epidemic supervision and launching malaria control campaigns in the areas.
The IMPE Quy Nhon chose Buon Don distrist (Dak Lak province) as the focus of the World Malaria Day Campaign in central Vietnam on April 24th, 2009. The Institute's preparations for the campaign in West Highlands are virtually finished with the enthusiastic supports from the leaders of Dak Lak province. According to the plan, the World Malaria Day campaign is one of the public health political tasks implemented by IMPE Quy Nhon and health department of Dak Lak province under the guidance ofHealth Ministry, National Malaria Control Project and the people's committee of Dak Lak province; the campaign information has been announced through means of mass media (television, radio, newspapers, ...) as well as through slogans, banners, flags... spreading on the main streets of Ban Me Thuot city and Buon Don district; about 600 people (representatives from central and provincial bodies and students of mechnical secondary school of Dak Lak province, students of boarding ethnic school, health staff atdistrict level and people's representatives (village patriarch) in Buon Don district are expected to take part in the campaign. After the meeting, there will be a march including the two leading elephants (with propagandizing banners sticking two sides of the howdah), followed by a Gong playing band, boarding ethnic school students, district people's committee and health care staff representatives of Buon Don district (in ethnic traditional dress), and a train of about 30 cars (with propagandizing banners sticking on two sides). At the end of the march in Buon Don district, there will be only the propaganda cars led by police parading the main streets to Ban Me Thuot city.
Malaria is a tropical vector-borne disease with high mortality and morbidity, high speed of disease transmission and high rate of epidemic outbreaks. In many developing countries, especially African and Asian continents, malaria cases always account for the high rate in the general diseases structure in hospitals, threatening human life and affecting the socio-economic development. In Vietnam, as a matter of concern by the State in malaria control activities, the nationwide incidence of malaria has tended to decline drastically, but the risk of malaria is still high with the coastal and highland provinces of Central Vietnam, with the morbidity rate of nearly 50%, the dealth-rate of over 80% compared with the whole country and endemic outbreaks happening at anytime. The malaria control activities meet a lot of difficulties because of not controling the malaria cases from free migrants and border exchanges...
Responding to this year's World Malaria Day, the IMPE Quy Nhon and the provinces in Central Vietnam have exerted themselves to effectively implement the activities of health education and communication, and socialization for malaria control, as well as other practical activities in order to improve the effectiveness of control measures, coming to eliminating malaria in the whole country and the world as well. The information of World Malaria Day activities as well as those for controlling other parasitic and vector-borne diseases are regularly updated on the Institute's website to help readers follow them continuously.