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
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
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