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Malaria eliminated in Kunduz


malaria-vaccineMalaria has completely been eliminated in northern Kunduz province, where no positive case has surfaced over the past six months, residents and officials said on Tuesday.

Previously, Kunduz province had been under threat from malaria, but causes of the disease have now been reduced as a result of increasing public awareness and precautionary measures adopted by families.
Malaria control in-charge in the northeastern zone said the Public Health Department had distributed more than 5,500 mosquito nets to people from 2008 to 2013.
Blood tests of 400 persons in the last five years showed only 38 of them had been infected, he said.
“This figure shows 0.5 percent decrease in malaria cases as compared to the past while public awareness efforts are underway,” the public health official said.
Ajab Gul, a resident of Kunduz City, said previously two or three persons in every family would suffer from malaria.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the mosquito nets distribution and awareness programmes had a major role in the elimination of malaria menace.