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better public awareness of malaria prevention ahead of the 12th National Malaria Day, which falls on Friday.

The NHC, mainly targeting the prevention of imported malaria cases, advised outbound travelers to have

a better knowledge of the malaria incidence of their destinations before departure.

And also to consult doctors in a timely manner in case of suspected infection.

Medical workers should treat patients in accordance with industry protocol, according to the NHC.

Noting that malaria is preventable and curable, the NHC warned the public against mosquito bites and

called for bans on blood donation from malaria patients.

China reported zero domestic malaria infections in 2017 and has vowed to eradicate the infection by 2020.

Meanwhile, China’s healthcare reform has offered more affordable drugs for patients, said a senior health

official on Thursday.

Seventeen anti-cancer drugs were added to the medical insurance reimbursement list, with their prices

cut by 56.7 per cent on average, Xue Haining with the National Health Commission said.

A new trial programme on centralized medicine procurement and use launched in 11 pilot cities have cut the

prices of 25 selected medicines by an average of 52 per cent, according to Xue.

These measures have eased burdens on patients and helped regulate the medicine market, said Xue.

According to Xue, the number of medicines under the country’s basic medicine system, which ensures the accessibility

and fair prices of the patients’ most-needed drugs, has been expanded from 520 to 685 in 2018.

The authorities also worked to expedite the review and approval procedures for overseas new drugs for rare disease

and serious illness prevention and treatment to enter the Chinese market, the official said.

Xue said the inspection and check of drug quality have been intensified and results of the work are

made public in a timely manner.

The authorities also strengthened the monitoring of incidents involving defective drugs and medical

equipment and enhanced early warning and emergency response in this regard.

She said the circulation process of drugs was put under regulation with the use of the Internet being

encouraged to ensure the public get the drugs they need safely and conveniently.

Moreover, authorities are working to regulate drug prescriptions to make sure that medicines are used in

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