Odisha Government Battling To Control Malaria Rise

The number of cases of Malaria is on the rise, with a whopping 166 percent increase reported –putting government officials on their toes. During a meeting of the technical task force, nine districts including Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nabarangpur, and Sundargarh, were found out to contribute 91 percent of the cases.

“We reviewed the situation and decided to take a series of steps to prevent the rise of malaria cases. Top priority has been given to the nine districts from where more cases were reported in July. We will take the help of different research institutions to stop the spread of malaria,” a health and family welfare department official said.

The task force has decided to issue a card to Malaria patients and monitor them regularly, along-with daily reports from the health centres in the districts. They are also about to intensify awareness drives and look into the reason behind these cases. Entomological studies will soon be carried out in these areas to study the vector behaviour and also assess the efficacy of the bed nets. Mosquito hot-spots are also to be identified and monitored.

Sources said that the health and family welfare department will also intensify the DAMaN (Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakarana) programme in the identified districts and extend the same to adjacent areas where malaria cases have been reported.

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