Luanda, Nov 3 – A new drug for the treatment of malaria will be distributed in the Angolan health facilities in January, the sector’s authorities announced, cited by Jornal de Angola newspaper.
“The new drug, named Artesunate, will be used for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease,” Francisco Telles, president of the National Program to Fight Malaria, told the daily.
He said this new medicine, without giving details of its composition and effectiveness, will be only destined for seriously-ill patients, as it is not intended to replace the currently one applied to patients with malaria.
Telles also said that a national campaign against this disease began in January this year, consisting in distributing mosquito net treated with insecticides in some regions.
He mentioned in this regard the provinces of Northern Kwanza, Malanje, and Zaire, and we now prepare “that delivery to Cabinda, Bengo, Northern Lunda, and Namibe.”
The campaign is part of the strategy of universal coverage of preventing and fighting malaria, he said.
Source: Prensa Latina