CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) conducted a data validation regarding the indigenous cases of malaria in the province last November 8 at the Crown Royale Hotel, this City. Attended by the Medical Technologists (MedTech) and Malaria Program Coordinators of the 12 municipalities together with DOH Bataan, said validation of data is in preparation of the province for the upcoming malaria-free declaration of World Health Organization (WHO) and Department of Health (DOH).
By December this year, the PHO is expecting the DOH Regional Office III (RO III) to conduct a pre-assessment regarding the documentation of the programs and activities conducted by the province to eliminate indigenous cases of malaria.
After the pre-assessment of DOH RO III, they will make a recommendation to DOH and WHO to conduct the final assessment slated first quarter of 2017.
According to Ms. Perlita Ortiguerra, the Provincial Malaria Control and Elimination Program (PMCEP) Coordinator, the province already recorded a zero indigenous cases of malaria for five consecutive years since 2011.
She also told 1Bataan some of the activities they have conducted such as LLIN or Long Lasting Impregnated Nets. These nets, impregnated with chemicals to kill mosquitoes were distributed to the last 5 municipalities of the province with indigenous cases namely Hermosa and Morong last 2007, Limay last 2009, Bagac last 2010 and Dinalupihan last 2011.
They also conducted Boarder Operation at Brgy. Bangal, Dinalupihan and Sitio Pastulan, Brgy. Tipo, Hermosa to make sure that mosquitoes with malaria from Olongapo City will not penetrate the said areas.
Also discussed in the meeting were accomplishments of PMCEP from July to October this year and updates on the quality assurance for MedTechs’ Malaria Microscopy.