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Odisha reduces malaria infection by 90 pc: govt

Odisha reduces malaria infection by 90 pc: govt
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Bhubaneswar, Jun 25 (PTI) The Odisha government on

Friday said it has been able to reduce malaria infection among

the people by 90 per cent in a span of three years from 2016.

The reduction rate of malaria infection in Odisha

between 2018 and 2019 has been 40 per cent against the

national average of 17 per centduring the same period, an

official statement said.

Director Public Health Dr Niranjan Mishra said that

there were around 4.44 lakh malaria positive cases and 77

deaths in 2016 which was reduced to 39, 556 positive cases and

nine deaths in 2019.

Similarly, there was a reduction in positivity rate

during the year 2020 with nine deaths.

"Because of the rapid reduction in the positivity

rate, WHO has recorded the Odisha Model as a Best Practice in

the World Malaria Report of 2020," Mishra said.

This came to the fore at the Interdepartmental

Coordination meeting on prevention of vector borne diseases

held on digital mode under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary

SC Mohapatra.

Reviewing the progress over the last years, the Chief

Secretary directed the health department to take all

preventive steps for checking any possible outbreak of the

disease during the current year.

He also directed to ensure preventive steps

proactively in industrial and mining areas.

It was decided to undertake intensive awareness

building activities by involving the district and block level

artistes organisations (Kalakara Sangathans), Information and

Public Relations principal secretary B C Sethi said.

"There are about 10,000 Kalakara Sangathans and near

about 500 forms of loka kalas (folk arts) that can effectively

communicate with people at community level," Sethi said.

The chief secretary also directed the Health and

Family Welfare Department to focus on remote villages in hill

tracks and forest areas.

It was estimated that the malaria prone area has been

reduced to 31 community health centre areas out of the total

374 CHC areas.

The chief secretary directed to focus on these areas

through proactive surveillance and preventive activities, the

statement said.

The annual parasite index (API) was less than one in

eight districts in 2016, Mishra said.

API is the number of confirmed new cases from malaria

registered in a specific year, expressed per 1,000 individuals

under surveillance, for a given territory.

With improvement in the situation, the API index

became less than one in 23 of the states 30 districts. PTI

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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