CITY OF MALOLOS – “If the four-year trend of zero-case in the province will continue until 2018, Bulacan will be declared as Malaria-free by the year 2019.”
This was the statement of Dr. Antonio B. Bautista, Deputy Program Manager for Field Operation of the Pilipinas Shell Foundation Incorporated-Movement Against Malaria (PSFI-MAM) during the Stakeholder’s Forum for the Malaria Awareness Day 2017 held at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city, earlier today.
Dr. Bautista, who also served as the guest speaker for the event, said that the government together with the stakeholders must work hand-in-hand to achieve a Malaria-free province.
“What we need to do is to provide documentary evidences that there is no more local malaria transmission; demonstrate the province’ capacity to detect all possible cases, diagnose and treat them; demonstrate the province’ capacity to detect threats of Malaria re-introduction and respond accordingly; and the province should be able to demonstrate the capacity to support and sustain the above-mentioned capacities on its own,” Dr. Bautista said.
For his part, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado promised to continue to strengthen the connection between the government and the stakeholders and to conduct awareness campaigns and information dissemination activities to achieve a Malaria-free province.
“Hindi po pwede na dahil lamang sa iisang lamok ay mapigil ang ating nagkakaisang adhikain na magkaroon ng isang masigla, malakas, mapayapa at maunlad na pamayanan na nais nating lahat. Kinakailangan po na pagtulung-tulungan natin ito. We have to end Malaria for good and we have to do it now,” the governor said.
Moreover, Malaria endemic municipalities like Norzagaray, Doña Remedios Trinidad, San Miguel and the City of San Jose del Monte were given certificates of recognition for their extra efforts of eliminating Malaria in their respective towns and city.
Also, Dr. Bautista, Gov. Alvarado and stakeholders including municipal and city health officers, representatives from public and private hospitals, medical technologists, nurses, sanitary inspectors, Barangay Health Worker (BHW), Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Bulacan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, media and religious sectors pledged their commitment to support a Malaria-free Bulacan.
If the goal will materialize in 2019, Bulacan will be the 41st province in the Philippines and the second in Central Luzon that will be declared as Malaria-free.