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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 264-265

Sustaining the delivery of malaria elimination services amidst an ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak in the African Region


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) - Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District- 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_111_20

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The Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has become a global public health priority and it has compelled multiple nations to divert their resources for the containment of the disease at the earliest. With regard to malaria, the African region is the most affected one, accounting for 93% of the reported cases worldwide. However, since the emergence of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a sense of fear about the disease among the health sector personnel. It won't be wrong to say that COVID-19 outbreak has exposed weaknesses in our preparedness activities, but then we have to identify a balance between the outbreak response activities and the activities which are ongoing in the region for decades for the control of malaria. It is of utmost importance that all the malaria-endemic nations in the African region should continue to sustain malaria-related prevention, diagnostic and treatment services. In conclusion, the activities pertaining to the containment of COVID-19 and malaria are equally important in the African region. The services pertaining to prevention and control of malaria should be continued as it is and the public health authorities should not allow COVID-19 to become a more important priority and thus reallocate the available resources.


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