Bhubaneswar: A 5-year target has been set by the state government to eliminate malaria from the state. During the launch of the Malaria Action Coalition (MAC) on Saturday, Health minister Naba Kishore Das emphasized on making the state malaria-free.
Das talked about the commendable job of bringing down the number of malaria cases which was done by 47,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs). He said that work was done by them at the village level to incorporate the detection and treatment of malaria in communities and helping them adopt preventive habits.
In 2017, there was 3.52 lakh of malaria cases but it decreased to 66,000 last year and 22,000 this year till the end of August.
The minister spoke about the collaboration of the state government with Malaria No More (MNM), an international non-profit organization, which launched the multi-sectoral platform, MAC, to drive intensive action against malaria in Odisha.
DaMaN (Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakarana) programs will also be intensified by the state in the malaria-prone districts to control the vector-borne disease. 5000 health camps will be conducted across the state to create awareness and checkups with regard to malaria. Also, 26.54 lakh medicated mosquito nets will be distributed by the state among the people for the prevention of this disease.
July month witnessed a sharp increase in malaria cases this year. 91 % of the cases were reported from 9 districts- Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Ganjam, and Sundargarh as reported by the health and family welfare department during a recent review meeting.
Programmatic action through innovative tools and technology will be strengthened by MAC. Odisha government will be provided technical and other support by Malaria No More India.