Thua Thien Hue controlling malaria situation in the first half and deploying the workplan in the last 6 months of 2009
In the first 6 months of 2009, malaria situation tended to increase in some provinces of Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan, and Gia Lai. In that context, Thua Thien Hue province actively directed and carried out integrated measures in the first months in order to control malaria situation more effectively.
In the first 6 months of 2009, there were 143 malaria cases in TT-H province, decreased by 26,28% (143/194) compared with the same period of 2008; no severe cases, deaths and outbreaks. However, some of malaria patients from other provinces came back, affecting the local malaria situation. These patients made up 41,26% (59/143) of the total. Most of malaria patients concentrated on severely-hit districts such as A Luoi, Phu Loc, Huong Thuy, Phong Dien, Huong Tra. Moreover, Hue Central Hospital and the clinic of the provincial malaria control centre hospitalized and treated 33 malaria patients.
Before and after the lauching ceremony on propagating "World Malaria Day 25 April", the province directed districts to deploy intergrated measures to control epidemic situation; organize health communication and education for malaria control, indoor residual spraying and bednet impregnation with insecticides for 134,832 people at malaria-endemic areas, gained 96,30% of the plan. Besides, early detection by microscopes at grass-roots health care network helped prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Health communication and education for malaria control was also deployed at grass-root levels such as 925 times of community talks, radio broadcast and group discussions with 43,107 participants; 105 film shows for 54,907 viewers. In addition, there were two TV reports, 20 broadcasts on malaria control activities over the provincial TV network. Furthermore, 12 articles were written for local newspaper and radio stations together with 5 panels and 12,500 leaflets produced for communication purposes. For training activities, the province already conducted 41 intensive training course for 1,195 health workers from various networks. Besides, the surveillance of malaria situation was strengthened with 34 missions of epidemilogical surveillance at 49 localities. These activities were also coupled with the monitoring of malaria vectors, treatment and management of antimalarial drug use, and financial and supplies allocation.
In addition, Vietnam Global Fund Malaria Control Project was deployed in 2 districts of A Luoi and Nam Dong with the activities in line with the project's regulations; guaranteeing the process and quality of activities to enhance the ability and continue to sustain the project.
Because of the worsening malaria situation in Central Vietnam, the provincial malaria centre of TT-H has directed districts to strengthen supervisions at severely-hit districts and asked IMPE-Quy Nhon to support some of materials for health education and communication against malaria such as wall pictures, leaflets, flipcharts for propagating campaigns at severely-hit areas, as well as a tool of supporting the newly-established CBM groups.
With the gained achievements in the first 6 months and activities for the last 6 months of 2009, TT-H will definitely fulfill the malaria control work effectively.