DAVAO CITY- Health officials in Region-XI are seeing decreasing numbers of malarial cases in the region.
According to Dr. Hansel Amoguis, of the Malaria Control Program said as of this year there is only a single recorded malarial case in the region, the case was monitored in Davao del Norte.
This compared to 2014 where 67 malarial cases were recorded, about 65 cases were reported in Kapalong, Davao del Norte while 2 cases were in Davao City.
This is a significant improvement as compared to 2001 where about 5,000 cases of malaria were recorded in the region.
Amoguis said the DOH is eyeing that by 2020 the country will be malarial free.
As to the case in Kapalong, the Department of Health has sent resources to the area such as insecticide treated curtains and bednets.
The three other local governments in Davao region has made significant headway in the campaign against malaria.
Davao Oriental is on the verge of being cited as a zero-malaria free province with no recorded malaria case from 2010-2014, Compostela Valley also has no recorded malaria case from 2011-2014 while Davao del Sur has zero malarial cases in 2013 and 2014. (PIA/RG Alama)