Malaria almost extinct in SL
Around 210,000 malaria patients were reported in Sri Lanka in 2000.
It has decreased to 1,800 now. Malaria is almost extinct in Sri Lanka
now with a drop by 99.7 percent compared to the 2000 figure.
These statistics were revealed at a special summit in Colombo
recently. Health Ministry Secretaries of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Timor
participated in this summit to find ways of eradicating tuberculosis,
AIDS and malaria from the South East Asian region and to lobby for more
funds and technical assistance from the Global Fund.
It was also revealed that Sri Lanka has only 0.1 percent HIV, AIDS
patients. There are five million tuberculosis patients in the South East
Asian region. It is 40 percent of the total number of tuberculosis
patients in the world. A majority among those affected are the middle
aged. Around 3.5 million AIDS patients and 1,300,000 malaria patients
have also been reported in the region, statistics revealed. AIDS and
Malaria have not become a threat in Sri Lanka. But around 9,000
tuberculosis patients are still reported annually.
Sri Lanka received the chairmanship of the summit. It will be held by
Health Ministry Additional Secretary Palitha Maheepala for the next two
This summit is to request more funds to eradicate diseases from the
South East Asian region before the 26th Global Fund Board to be held
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, Ministry Secretary Dr Ravindra
Ruberoo and Global Fund's Manager Mauro Guarinieri also participated in