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Message from President Zardari on world malaria day

Islamabad, April 25, 2013 (PPI-OT): The World Malaria Day observed every year on April 25 is a reminder of the need to undertake concerted efforts in raising awareness and finding solutions to meet the growing challenges to control malaria in the endemic areas of the country.

Malaria is a preventable; easy to diagnose and can be treated successfully. But it also requires collective efforts by all stakeholders. Let us on this day rededicate ourselves to implement the global malaria control program that is built around surveillance to track the disease, testing every suspected malaria case followed by treatment with quality anti-malarial medicines.

The rapid advances in Malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment during recent years have improved the malaria situation in the country and decreased manifold the malaria related mortality and morbidity. However, Pakistan is still a long way from achieving the global, regional and national malaria control targets.

One of the challenges in controlling malaria is the need for adequate investment in the health sector. We need to step up efforts, in collaboration with international partners, to meet investment challenges as highlighted in the theme of the Day this year “Invest in the future: defeat malaria”.

I therefore call upon all provincial governments, UN Agencies, development institutions, Foundations and international partners to join hands in controlling malaria. We need to make malaria control a critical poverty reduction strategy.

On this occasion I also urge our health care providers, both in public and the private sector, the non-governmental organizations, private entities, philanthropists, community leaders, media and other stakeholders to step up efforts in not only raising awareness about malaria control methods but also in alleviating the sufferings of ailing human beings through improved diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

I am confident that the various activities and campaigns on this day will further raise awareness both among the public and health practitioners about diagnosis, treatment and prevention of malaria.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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