I want to thank you, Mr. Minister, for sponsoring this meeting, for the warm welcome you and your staff have given us, and for the facilities you have placed at our disposal. Your presence here today symbolizes the significance your Government attaches to malaria eradication because of its importance for health, well-being, productivity, and economic development. The present status of this problem in the Americas and in other parts of the world is such that the full support of the Head of each state is needed to ensure the continuity of organized efforts and progressively to reduce the harmful effects of this disease. For in the last analysis such decisions are political, and the greater their social consequences the higher the level at which they must be taken.
This symposium is very timely and we wish to express our thanks to the Center for Disease Control of the United States Public Health Service for its initiative and for the presence of such distinguished experts.