WHO: Paraguay having eliminated malaria ‘shows what is possible’
12.06.2018 19:36 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Paraguay has successfully eliminated malaria, Ukrinform says referring to As of yesterday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, recent report.
As to Tedros, this «incredible achievement» makes Paraguay the first country within the Americas in almost 45 years to wipe out the disease. Before Paraguay, Cuba was the last country within the region to eliminate malaria, within 1973.
As to the report, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has attributed the success to three key factors, the first of which was Paraguay focus on tracking the disease and preventing outbreaks, not just treating cases.
«Second, a network of committed health staff and community volunteers ensured no one was left behind in getting universal access to primary health care,» he continued.
Also vital was the «unwavering commitment and leadership» at all levels, to keep malaria control efforts on track.
As to the report, Tedros urged continued vigilance against the disease, noting that success within Paraguay «shows what is possible.»
«It gives us hope that if malaria can be eliminated in one country, it can be eliminated in all countries,» he stressed.