Oyogist has learned that the World Health Organisation (WHO) earlier today certified China malaria-free after recording zero cases for four years consecutively.
This marks an end to the 70-year effort to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease, in the world’s most populous country
“We congratulate the people of China on ridding the country of malaria,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“Their success was hard-earned and came only after decades of targeted and sustained action.
“With this announcement, China joins the growing number of countries that are showing the world that a malaria-free future is a viable goal.
“In the 1950s, China started working out where malaria was spreading and began to combat it with preventative anti-malarial medicines, said the WHO director general.