Bhubaneswar: Odisha has set a target to eradicate malaria from the State in the next five years.
“My department will try to achieve near total eradication of malaria from the State in the next five years,” said Health & Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das speaking to newsmen soon after launching ‘Malaria Action Coalition'(MAC) in collaboration with ‘Malaria No More India’ (MNM India) here today.
Notably, MAC will work as a multi-sector platform for assisting the State in the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme. MAC under the chairmanship of the State government will have partner representatives from private, technical, research, programme implementation agencies, private sector, donors, investors and media.
The Minister citing statistics said that due concerted efforts of his department, the State government, accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers and all others concerned number of malaria cases reported have drastically nosedived in the State.
“While In 2017 3.52 lakh cases of malaria were reported, it had come down to 66,000 in 2018 and now it has further nosedived to only 22,000 in 2019,” Das informed.
“Under DAMaN (Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran) programme 5,000 camps were held in inaccessible hilly areas and people were screened,” he added.
The Minister further informed that the government has a target to distribute 26.54 lakh LLINs in 3-4 years in 13 coastal districts.
“Today we have partnered with them (MNM India) to make efforts for total elimination of malaria from the State,” he added.
“We will closely work with the government. We will work for further strengthening DAMaN activity of the government. We will for raising awareness among the public so that they know how to protect themselves from malaria,” said Dr Sanjib Gaikwad, Country Director, MNM India.