Fish Part of Plan to Erase Malaria

JAYAPURA CITY - Health authorities in Indonesia's Papua region say they're aiming to erase malaria by 2030.

Local news reports mosquito nets are being distributed to households in the region especially in malaria endemic areas.

The authorities say they will work together with other agencies to clean up the environment and on plans like bringing in mosquito larva-eating fish to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease.

Indonesia's Ministry of Health says it's determined to distribute 6.3 million mosquito nets in 2014 to prevent the spread of malaria.

Antara news says there are high cases of the deadly disease in five provinces.

Hundreds of people in Papua, West Papua, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and North Maluku are still at risk for malaria infection.

The Health Ministry's Tjandra Yoga Aditama, says so far 3.6 million mosquito nets have been distributed as part of the program.

He added that besides mosquito nets, preventive measures were being taken by spraying almost 50,000 houses in 2013. [Antara]
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