Ministry of Health Sri Lanka

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World Malaria Day

So far Malaria is considered to be the disease which caused death for the highest number of persons within a short period of time in Sri Lanka. In 1934-1935, 80,000 died due to Malaria during a period of 07 months and 1500,000 Malaria cases were reported in Sri Lanka. Since then its ups and downs have been reported from time to time. After 2008 no person in Sri Lanka has died due to Malaria and from 2012 no Malaria patient is found in Sri Lanka. However there is the risk of entry of Malaria disease into the country through migrants since migration has increased recently. Nine Malaria patients have been found among the migrants in this year.


Even though Malaria has been eliminated from Sri Lanka still the mosquitoes which transmit the disease can be found largely in Sri Lanka. Hence, there is the risk of Malaria being spread again through the migrants who come to Sri Lanka with Malaria. Therefore, Ministry of Health urges, the public to take the necessary preventive medication prior to traveling to countries with Malaria for reasons such as education, business or any other.

At the media conference held today morning (24th) Dr. Palitha Mahipala expressing his views stated that although Sri Lanka has reached to the point of eliminating Malaria there is the possibility of an outbreak of the disease through the migrants of the neighboring countries. He further stated that we are required to continue this situation the country for the next two years if W.H.O. were to name Sri Lanka as a country which eliminated Malaria. Therefore, attention of the people should be continued in this regard even though Malaria is not reported presently, stated Dr. Palitha Mahipala.

Dr. Risintha Premarathne, Director, National Malaria Control campaign also expressed his views on this occasion. A group of officers including the regional officers of the National Malaria control campaign participated on this occasion.



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