Malaria continues to be a constant threat all over the world. Quite apart from the large number of all age groups that it kills, it maims several millions for long periods and exposes hundreds of thousands who are chronically debilitated to other deadly infections. Pakistan, along with other countries of the world has joined the world-wide programme for eradication of this one of the most dreaded diseases.
The national effort to root out the ancient “killer” is being waged in a phased programme extending over a period of fourteen years and is estimated to cost Rs. 52 crore. The Government has constituted for the purpose an autonomous Malaria Eradication Board presided over by the Minister for Health, Labour and Social Welfare. When it is considered that malaria accounts for the loss of crores of rupees annually in terms of man- hours wasted and the cost of medical treatment— let alone the misery and sufferings of millions—the proposed expenditure on the anti-malaria plan is not only a desirable utilization of public resources for the rescue of humanity but also a productive investment.