Mosquito DAMaN On Priority

Minister Health and Family Welfare Naba Kishore Das has informed that Union Government has provided  26.54 crore Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) to Odisha under  Malaria Elimination Programme.

Accordingly Minister Mr.Das has directed the officials to immediately distribute the LLIN in malaria affected areas are promoted by World Health organization (WHO).

Mr Das informed about LLIN here on 7 September  on the occasion of inauguration of the Malaria Coalition Action.

Malaria persists as a major public health problem in Odisha since many years and the State has identified it as key challenge to combat Malaria.

The intensive and innovative control measures initiated in 2017 has given new light in years old Malaria Program in the state.

Large scale LLIN distribution with global fund support and state's own programme DAMaN in all hard to reach areas in mid 2017 brought a spectacular reduction in malaria burden within a year.

This was highly applauded by WHO at their Annual Report-2018 release event at Mozambique. WHO had invited the State to be present in this Global Event.

More than 80 percent decline of Malaria cases within two years time is historical. This does not mean malaria is not a problem now; it still persists and may bounce back if rigorous efforts get slackened, experts warn.

National and International agencies are coming forward to support the state in its efforts towards Malaria elimination, however state's own initiatives and its robust health care system comes as a major support for the same.

‘Malaria No More’ a US based International NGO having country chapter in India has come forward to provide technical support to state.

This initiative is to bridge the community level gaps and to help in advocacy at national and internal forums. National agencies like ICMR, Tata trusts are working with state hand in hand for malaria elimination, said sources.

State Government is setting up "Malaria Action Coalition" to have active participation of different stakeholders with commitment of Malaria elimination drive in the state.

Country Director, ‘Malaria No more, India’ Sanjib Gaikwad and other dignitaries graced the occasion.

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