The international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has treated
around 1,700 malaria patients in the hill district Bandarban during an emergency
intervention led by the Ministry of Health, states a press release.
In mid-August, MSF launched the intervention in the most malaria affected upazilas,
Alikadam and Thanchi, of the district. Earlier in June-July, an emergency was declared in
the district internally regarding the unexpected and alarming rise of malaria, which was
eventuality seen as a decreased trend in the last five years.
Mong Te Jho, acting civil surgeon of Bandarban said the situation was now under control
and all the private health service providers, including MSF, were shutting down their
activities in the district.
He said: “MSF has already stopped their mission in Alikadam upazila and is preparing to
stop work at Thanchi soon.”
The country has reduced 70% malaria patients in the past five years. In 2008, the number
of malaria patients was 83,000 while in 2014 the number is 26,000, according to the
Ministry Of Health.