Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2023. 3:35 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, Belize was officially declared Malaria-Free by the World Health Organization.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) noted that this marks the culmination of a nearly seven-decade-long battle against a disease that once peaked at 10,411 cases in 1994.
“We are now celebrating the fruit of our unwavering resilience and strategic efforts, with the last local case reported in December 2018,” the Ministry noted.
Minister of Health and Wellness Kevin Bernard received the esteemed certification at the 60th Directing Council meeting.
The Minister was accompanied by the Director of Public Health and Wellness, Dr. Melissa Musa.
“This landmark achievement is not only a testament to the relentless dedication of our healthcare workers and community support, but also to the invaluable contributions from our global partners.
Even as we navigated the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, we remained steadfast in our goal to ensure our nation is free from malaria, and we continue to work to prevent the re-establishment of this disease,” the Ministry added.
The Ministry urges everyone to continue to strive towards the elimination of all vector-borne diseases.
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