ASUNCION – Paraguay can be certified as a malaria-free country after three years without an indigenous case of the disease, according to a representative of the Pan American Health Organization, regional arm of the World Health Organization.
“Three years have passed without malaria and we can say that the country is ready to be certified as free from the disease,” Carlos Castillo told reporters.
He praised the work of health authorities to prevent the transmission of the disease, citing the program Strengthening the National Strategy to Prevent the Re-Introduction of Malaria in Paraguay, which was presented during the same press conference.
The project will spend about $2.7 million over the next three years to control vectors, manage cases and programs, follow-ups and evaluation, and the provision of services, the Public Health Ministry said in a statement.
The program is consistent with the goals of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.