WHO certifies Sri Lanka a malaria-free nation

2016-09-05 21:03

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Colombo — The World Health Organization has certified Sri Lanka as a malaria-free nation, in what it called a "truly remarkable" achievement.

WHO regional director Poonam Khetrapal Singh said in a statement on Monday that Sri Lanka was among the most malaria-affected countries in the mid-20th century.

WHO said Sri Lanka began an anti-malaria campaign that successfully targeted the mosquito-borne parasite that causes the disease, not just mosquitoes. Health education and effective surveillance also helped the campaign.

It said no locally transmitted cases of malaria have been recorded in the country for 3½ years.

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