Cambodia sees 49pc drop in malaria cases last year

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Cambodia reported 31,971 cases of malaria in 2019, a 49 per cent drop compared to the year before, Health Minister Mam Bunheng said yesterday.

“There was no any death from malaria since 2018,” he said at the annual meeting of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control.

Director of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control Huy Rekol said the Southeast Asian country is committed to eliminating malaria cases by 2025.

“To achieve this target, the country needs the budget of about USD140 million for the next five years,” he told Xinhua.

“We hope that all development partners and friendly countries, including China, will continue to support us toward a malaria-free Cambodia by 2025.” Rekol said the kingdom had distributed more than one million insecticide-treated mosquito nets for free to people living in malaria-prone areas last year.

“To avoid being bitten by malaria-carrying mosquitos, people living in malaria-prone areas should sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets all the time,” he said.

Malaria diagnostic tests and treatment are very effective in Cambodia, Rekol said, adding that Artesunate-Mefloquine, or ASMQ, is efficacious against malaria.