Saturday, December 16, 2017

Malaria-Free Iligan

(Wednesday, 15th day of November 2017)

 

ILIGAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) of Iligan announced at the Anahaw Amphitheatre during the flag raising ceremony on November 13 that Iligan City is declared “Malaria-Free.”

Malaria is a life-threatening disease. It’s typically transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito. Infected mosquitoes carry the Plasmodium parasite. When this mosquito bites you, the parasite is released into your bloodstream

The symptoms of malaria typically develop within 10 days to four weeks following the infection. In some cases, symptoms may not develop for several months. Some malarial parasites can enter the body but will be dormant for long periods of time. Common symptoms of malaria include: shaking chills, high fever, profuse sweating, headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, anemia, muscle pain, convulsions, coma, and bloody stools.

Malaria is typically found in tropical and subtropical climates where the parasites can live. https://www.healthline.com/health/malaria#overview1

According to the DOH, there were four cases of Malaria infections way back in 2006, three cases on 2007, and single cases on 2008 and 2009. There has been no reports of Malaria Infection all over Iligan City since 2010 – 2014. There were two cases of the infection in 2015 but was found out to be imported from neighboring cities and did not originate in Iligan, another case was reported in 2016 but again was an imported infection. The city applied for an inspection and investigation by the DOH, the city passed, thus earning the city the “Malaria-free” status.

The key to this success was the prompt detection of symptoms and early diagnosis, with the efforts of our local DOH in partnership with different sectors both public and private and the full support of our LGU headed by our city mayor.

For more information about Malaria and other life-threatening diseases, please go to: https://www.healthline.com or click the link: https://www.healthline.com/health/malaria#overview1

 

– –  Kristoffer Sexon / Web-CIO

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