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									                        MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
                        MALARIA ERADICATION, AND
                     INSECT RODENT CONTROL BUREAU



                 MALARIA SITUATION IN LEBANON

       We, in Lebanon, still believe and assure that no local Malaria cases have been
found in Lebanon during the past two years; yet, all the declared cases in the table
attached are cases of Lebanese people coming from Africa and other infected
countries.

      According to the requested procedures, that should be done to progress in roll
back Malaria, nothing yet has been accomplished dud to the following reasons:

1.     Lack of National Research committee in our country
2.     Lack of cooperation between Ministry of Public Health and local Universities
3.     Chronic lack in the number of personnel and Health Inspectors
4.     Unavailable laboratory technicians and entomologists
5.     Lack of technical equipments
6.     Lack of means of transportation
7.     Lack of financial budgets

       But the maximum steps that we could achieve within our available capabilities
are:

a.     Surveillance and monitoring Malaria cases that are reported
       from the hospital
b.     Taking samples and slides of suspected people where
       possible
c.     Supplying the infected people with Malaria with curative
       treatment and travelers from Lebanon to the infected
       countries, with preventive treatment

       In conclusion, we didn’t achieve any progress in roll back Malaria due to the
       mentioned above reasons, but we are desperately trying to maintain the level
       of our achievements hoping that our requests and needed capabilities will be
       satisfied so that we progress in this field as you really wish.


                                                   SEMAAN RAYMOND M.D
                                            DIRECTOR MALARIA ERADIATION
                                       INSECT AND RODENT CONTROL OFFICE
Number of cases imported from abroad, by country of origin and by species


    Country      P. falciparum    Other species         Total       Not confirmed
Sierra Leone            3            1 PV                4
Africa                  2                                2                  4
Cotona                  4                                4
Ghana                   1              1 PV              2
Khartoum                1                                1
Gambia                  1                                1
Zair                    2                                2                  1
Abidjan               1 PF           1 Vivax             2                  3
Nigeria                 2                                2
Benin                   5                                5
Congo                                                                       1
Lebanon           1 transfusion                           1
Cote d’Azzure          1 PF            1 PM               2
Guinea                 1 PF                               1
Senegal                1 PF                               1
Azerbaidjan            1 PF                               1
                                    Statistical Report of Malaria Control From 1997-2001


Year    No. of     No. of     No. of      No. of      No. of              Type of Plasmodium
       examined   positive   imported   indigenous   Induced
         slides    cases       cases       Cases      cases    PF   PV                           UNDETERMINED
                                                                           PM      M       P.O
1997    1190        65         59           3          3       45   10      2      -        -          8
 198     675        34         30           4           -      18   14      -      -        -          2
1999     393        49         44           4          1       36    9      -      1        -          3
2000     385        44         44           -           -      25    2      -      3        1         13
2001     327        40         39           -          1?      25    3      1      -        -         11

								
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