China is now officially free from Malaria, according to WHO
China is now certified by the World Health Organisation to be officially free from malaria.
This is a major milestone for the upcoming superpower – a country that has a population with over 1 billion.
The WHO conveys on their website “after a decades-long effort drove an estimated annual toll of 30 million cases in the 1940s, including 300,000 deaths, to zero in 2017”.
Moreover, the organisation claims that China has developed new surveillance techniques, medicines, and technologies to help break the cycle of transmission between the Anopheles mosquitoes – the insects that spread malaria.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General stated that “their [China’s] success was hard-earned and came only after decades of targeted and sustained action”.
China is noted to be the first country in the WHO Western Pacific Region to be awarded a malaria-free certification in more than 3 decades – with Australia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam being awarded in 1981, 1982, and 1987 respectively.
The scholar also conveyed that “China joins the growing number of countries that are showing the world that a malaria-free future is a viable goal”.
The UK was noted as a country where malaria never existed or disappeared without specific.