Shi Nan, a CDC coordinator at the WHO Representative Office in China, said that early detection and treatment of cases and elimination of mosquitoes are effective means of preventing malaria.
Shi Nan said that China has reduced malaria cases from tens of thousands to zero in just 40 years, which is a prominent achievement in the field of public health.
Shi Nan: "China's data on malaria infection can be traced back to the 1940s, when there were about 30 million cases of infection in the country. Since then, the number of infections has started to drop sharply. In the 1960s and 1970s, there were about tens of thousands of cases, and from 2016. Since August, no case of malaria has been reported for any local infection. I want to emphasize that this is a very significant achievement."
According to relevant WHO regulations, a country or region can apply for “no malaria” certification from WHO if it has confirmed that there are no local cases for at least three consecutive years. At present, 38 countries and regions in the world have obtained this certification.
Shi Nan: "At present, China is carrying out the verification of 'zero malaria' nationwide. It has verified the situation of 24 provinces where malaria has been found in history. Now, 7 provinces have successfully passed the audit, all The verification will be completed by the end of 2020."
Shi Nan said that the government's firm commitment is one of the main reasons for China's anti-malaria work. In addition, China's social and economic development and medical system reforms in the past 40 years have also contributed to the fight against malaria.