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Laboratory for sustainable malaria control receives investment of $ 1 million

Amazon will feature reference unit in treating the disease. Purpose is to strengthen prevention and control of infection

 
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Jarbas Barbosa, Secretary of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health
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Jarbas Barbosa, Secretary of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has released $ 1 million for the construction of the Laboratory's Sustainable Malaria, which will be installed in the state of Amazonas. The unit is unique to malaria research and analysis.

As reported by the folder, the initiative aims to strengthen efforts to control and prevent the disease in the region, which is endemic for malaria.

The lab will be a reference for the entire region in the treatment of malaria and its management will be the responsibility of the Tropical Medicine Foundation Dr. Heitor Vieira Dourado (FMT-HDV), institution especializadano diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases.

This laboratory is very important for us to make further progress in malaria control in the Amazon. Now, let's move on strategic research - such as new and better medicines - allowing us to walk to the elimination of malaria as a public health problem, says Secretary of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health, Jarbas Barbosa.

He points out that although the region presents drop in the number of cases, all measures to prevent and control the disease will continue to be taken with the same emphasis.

In 2009, the country recorded 301,589 cases of the disease, and until August this year were 161,370. In Brazil, 99.9% of disease transmission is concentrated in 807 counties that comprise the vast Amazon region, divided between the states of Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and part of the states of Maranhao, Mato Grosso and Tocantins .

Director of Education and Research Foundation of Tropical Medicine Doctor Heitor Vieira Dourado, Marcus Lacerda, explains that the new institution vaiajudar the Central Laboratory (LACEN) to train professionals in the diagnosis of malaria. Besides contributing to studies on malaria, will be the first laboratory of ecologically sustainable region, "said the director.

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