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World Malaria Day 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019

World Malaria Day 2019
Message from the Ministry of Health
Zero Malaria Starts With Me

The Ministry of Health joins the rest of the world in recognising World Malaria Day. This event is celebrated on the 25th April each year. Worldwide, there have been numerous successes regarding Malaria control. Of note has been the 23rd April 2019 announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the first doses of the new malaria vaccine have been administered to children in Malawi, with Ghana and Kenya to begin vaccinations soon.
Several developed countries have been able to control the spread of Malaria, and progress is being made in the reduction of the number of new Malaria cases. However, other nations continue to struggle to protect their population from this disease. As recent as 2016, there were 216 million new cases of Malaria and in 2017 Malaria was responsible for approximately 435,000 deaths globally.
Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease. While it is not contagious, it may be easily contracted if the proper precautions are not taken. The Ministry of Health, through the Insect Vector Control Division (IVCD) is committed to ensuring that there are no Malaria related deaths in Trinidad. This target is indeed possible with concentrated national support and the coordinated support of partner agencies.
The Ministry of Health, through the Insect Vector Control Division, partners with local and international bodies including the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), to respond to Malaria and other public health threats such as Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue.
The Ministry will continue to roll out health education and behaviour change information on Malaria, in order to encourage the public to play their part in reducing the mosquito population. In recognition of World Malaria Day, the IVCD will host an open day for students of the Cunupia Government Secondary School. At this event, students will be taken on an educational tour of the IVCD facility, partake in lab demonstrations and benefit from a number of presentations on insect vector control.
Additionally, the Ministry has made provisions for persons travelling to Malaria endemic countries to receive a chemoprophylactic, which protects persons from contracting malaria. This medication is available at the IVCD Office in Caroni.
In keeping with international best practices and the World Malaria Day theme, “Zero Malaria Starts With Me”, the public is reminded to promptly:
  • Treat all episodes of disease (within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms if possible);
  • Empty and turn over all objects that have collected rain or flood water.
  • Cover water containers such as barrels, drums or buckets with a mosquito proof covering.
  • Remove fallen leaves and debris from your drains and guttering to allow the free flow of water.
  • Empty and scrub the sides of vases or use dirt or sand instead of water to support flowers.
  • You are further advised to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by:
  • Sleeping under mosquito nets.
  • Using insect repellent (apply to the skin) or spray insecticide indoors.
  • Wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants.
Staying Malaria free is another step in ensuring a Healthy Me, a Healthy You and a Healthy Trinidad and Tobago.

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