Health Update: Malaria safeguard

A NEW calendar pack for dispensing malaria tablets has been designed by Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad. The pack uses a 'wheel' that is turned each day to dispense the right combination of drugs.

A spokesman says that most cases of failure among anti-malarial drugs are caused by patients not taking them.

The new packs will be available from next month through British Airways travel clinics and are expected to cost pounds 8.

The Department of Health, in a new Travel Safe leaflet on how to avoid contracting HIV abroad, has advised travellers to refuse unnecessary medical or dental treatment that might be performed with unsterilised equipment. It also says travellers should carry condoms bearing the British Standard Kite mark.