08/21/13 - Agencia de Información Nacional (Habana) - Cuban Workers Assist Angolan Malaria Campaign
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 21 (acn) A 145-strong Cuban contingent is currently
assisting Angolan efforts to eradicate mosquito breeding sites in the
capital Luanda and with it lower the prevalence of Malaria in the country.
The workers from the Cuban Labiofam enteprise have been committed to their
mission, along Angolan workers, in Luanda since 2009 in several areas,
such as the highly populated Viana municipality.
Worker Alejandro Figueredo said that three of them are working in Viana as
advisors with a fumigation brigade, which is an action welcomed by the
neighbors in the locality of Madera given its contribution to fighting
mosquitos and other vectors.
Figueredo, who is a vet, said that the elimination of the vectors is being
carried out with biological products produced by Labiofam enterprise, which
are environment-friendly and they are applied on water streams, inside
homes and in sites where mosquitoes usually build their breeding sites.
Gretel Raspal and Dunia Lamothe, two officials leading the anti-vector
program in Luanda agree that the initiative has helped lower malaria
prevalence and thus the number of deaths for that cause.
The statement was backed by the Angolan Health Ministry in a recent release
explaining that some 20 thousand people died every year from Malaria in the
country, but at present the number has been reduced to less than five
The malaria program in Angola, which kicked off four years ago, has yielded
significant results after it helped lower infant and mother mortality
rates, said the director of Cuba's Labiofam enterprise, Jose Antonio Fraga.
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