Bhubaneswar: Health & Family Welfare Commissioner-cum-Secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda on Tuesday directed departmental officials to give priority to malaria prone districts in distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN)-a special medicated mosquito net.
A detailed discussion over distribution of 26.54 lakh LLINs supplied by the Central government was held at the steering committee meeting chaired by Meherda here on Tuesday, said an official press release.
While it was decided at the meeeting that highly malaria prone districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Sudargarh will be given priority in distribution of LLINs supplied by the Central government, the remaining districts will be provided with LLINs in the next phase.
The Commissioner has directed for extensive awareness campaign among the people for correct use of LLINs.
In 2017, 1.13 crore LLINs supplied by the Central government were distributed in malaria prone districts of the State. As a consequence of which malaria was contained to about 80% and the State had earned praise from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Since these mosquito nets have an active life of three years, the State government had requested the Centre to provide the same. Keeping with the request the Central government has provided 26.54 lakh LLINs to the State and is also likely to provide more in the next phase.This apart keeping in view the requirement, the government has decided to buy such mosquito nets using funds from the District Mineral Fund (DMF).Tender process for the purpose has been finalised.
Since there is information that the Centre would be providing 1.13 crore LLINs to the State next year, the authorities have decided to replace the ones distributed in 2017.