Nation takes sting out of malaria war

Thailand is winning the battle in its fight against malaria and is likely to be free of the disease by 2021, three years ahead of the national goal, the Department of Disease Control says. "We have done remarkably well in terms of disease control," department head Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai told a seminar yesterday. 

"Now we are in the mode of eradication, which is quite a challenging process for us. We will face problems in tackling the disease in risk areas such as in forests and along borders. 

"But I am certain we will be up to the challenge because we have better and closer cooperation among various agencies."

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Hannah Pickford