18m people at risk of malaria

Staff Correspondent

19 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Around 18 million people of the country are now at risk of malaria, say officials of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

On the other hand, the death rate from the disease has decreased by 95 percent in the last one decade.

The DGHS revealed the information at an orientation programme for media at its office in Mohakhali area in the capital on Thursday.

DGHS Director General Abul Kalam Azad attended the programme as chief guest.

Among others, director of DGHS Disease Control unit Dr Sania Tahmina and World Health Organization’s official Miah Sapal were also present.

Bangladesh will observe World Malaria Day on April 25 with the tagline to cure the diseases through awareness.

DGHS officials also said that around 91 percent malaria patients come from 13 districts of which hilly districts are most vulnerable.