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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 5.56 GMT

Elimination of malaria from Sri Lanka is an immense achievement - President

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the elimination of malaria from Sri Lanka is an immense achievement, considering the colossal cost and losses caused by it to the country and the people.

He emphasized the need to maintain utmost vigilance to keep Sri Lanka free of all forms of this disease.

Over the years when malaria was widespread it cost us innumerable lives, aggravated poverty, and weakened our human resources, causing considerable harm to the economy and gravely affected the education of many children, President said in his message to mark World Malaria Day.

The current success in eradicating this disease is clearly attributed to the sound policies and commitment of successive Governments that sustained and expanded the health services, giving necessary priority to the anti-malaria campaign, the President stated.

Following is the full text of the Presidentís message to mark World Malaria Day;

On this World Malaria Day, I send this message with great pride as it is an occasion to celebrate the total eradication of indigenous malaria from Sri Lanka.

It is noteworthy that the incidence of this disease was reduced to zero in October 2012 from a figure of 400,000 cases two decade ago, and a matter for great satisfaction that the country has been free of locally acquired malaria since then.

The elimination of indigenous malaria from our country is an immense achievement considering the colossal cost and losses caused by it to the country and our people. Over the years when malaria was widespread it cost us innumerable lives, aggravated poverty, and weakened our human resources, causing considerable harm to the economy and gravely affected the education of many children.

The current success in eradicating this disease is clearly attributed to the sound policies and commitment of successive governments that sustained and expanded the health services, giving necessary priority to the anti-malaria campaign. This was done with relevant research programmes, good preventive and curative sectors, and dedicated healthcare staff who worked tirelessly in even the most remote areas.

The support and cooperation given by the World Health Organization and other relevant institutions to this endeavor is highly appreciated.

This is also an occasion to pay our tribute to the patriots in the pre-independence era who campaigned selflessly to assist malaria victims under very harsh conditions, and also began building public awareness of the dangers of this disease.

On this important occasion I would emphasize the need to maintain utmost vigilance to keep Sri Lanka free of all forms of this disease.

I congratulate all those who contributed to the successful eradication of indigenous malaria in the country today. The anti-malaria campaign is assured of the fullest support of the government for its programmes to keep the nation free of malaria.


 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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