The cases were mostly found in Dak O and Bu Gia Map communes in Bu Gia Map district, and Dak Nhau commune in Bu Dang district. Nearly 600 cases were reported in Bu Gia Map district alone, up 68.7 percent year-on-year and also the highest nationwide.
Pham Van Trieu, deputy director of Bu Gia Map district’s medical centre, explained that locals who reside in remote areas and near cashew and rubber forests are less aware of malaria prevention methods.
Dr Ngo Hoang Long, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology, and Entomology, said drug-resistant malaria has appeared in Binh Phuoc and may spread further, hindering anti-malaria efforts.
Meanwhile, up to 88 percent of residents in Binh Phuoc are living in malaria circulation areas, he said.
Vietnam has adopted a national strategy on malaria prevention and elimination for the 2011-2020 period with a vision towards 2030. It aims to ensure that everyone has better access to early diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment at public and private health facilities. The strategy also looks to ensure full protection for people at risk of malaria with appropriate control measures.