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PGB steps up to prevent Malaria cases from spreading
Monday, 06 June 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS - Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado immediately gave a directive to the Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) headed by Dra. Jocelyn Gomez to conduct an investigation and identify the necessary actions to be given to Sitio Sapang Paco, Isla Puting Bato, Sitio Sapang Munti, Sitio Santol, San Lorenzo and Sapang Anginan, barangays in Norzagaray that were reported with Malaria cases.

Dra. Gomez said that the investigation made by PPHO, Rural Health Physician of Norzagaray RHU-II, and a representative from Filipinas Shell Foundation-Malaria Project Coordinator assigned to Bulacan, confirmed that malaria cases from May 28 to June 3 have increased to 34 and majority of the affected persons came from Brgy. Sitio Sapang Paco.

The PGB together with the municipality of Norzagaray immediately gave complete doses of anti-Malarial drugs to affected individuals, conducted surveillance and monitoring of febrile cases thru mass blood smearing, and house spraying. Also, health education and provision of information materials on malaria prevention and control were conducted.

Furthermore, PPHO provided additional 400 pcs. of insecticide treated bed nets, and continuously conducts surveillance and monitoring of Malaria cases on the said areas.

The PPHO also coordinated with Mr. Leonardo Amang Samson, Dumagat governor, and discussed the utilization of previously distributed insecticide treated net, allocation of Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) per family, possible training of volunteers per resettlement areas for early identification and treatment of Malaria, and the provision of additional anti-Malarial drugs.

Today, June 7, the investigating team will meet with Dumagat chieftains and barangay council of San Mateo regarding the dissemination of IEC materials and planning on Malaria control, which will be followed by another visit to other affected areas scheduled on June 8-9 to perform mass blood smearing (MBS) and surveillance.

Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted via the bites of infected mosquitoes. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver, and then infect red blood cells. Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache, and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs. ###

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