Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 (LocalWire): The number of malaria positive cases registered a quantum jump in comparison to last year although mortality is on a lower side with two deaths being registered as against five last year, state government officials said today.
Of the 54,53,983 blood samples tested till 31 October, 59,444 samples were diagnosed as malaria positive.
2018 had witnessed 33,204 malaria positive cases.
The growth is estimated at whopping 78.78%.
Malkangiri district with 7,507 positive cases recorded the highest number of malaria patients followed by Rayagada (4,794), Kalahandi (4,630), Koraput (4,135), Ganjam (2,888), Kandhamal (2,318), Nabarangpur (1,423), Sundargarh (1,297) and Mayurbhanj (456).
Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara with 17 positive cases were least malaria-affected areas followed by Balasore (20) and Cuttack (26).
Sundargarh accounted for two malarial deaths this year while other district did not register any casuality, said officials.
From 2012-17, around 18.5 lakh malaria cases had been reported and more than 300 deaths occurred.
However, it has been controlled considerably due to prompt intervention of the health department.
The hilly forest and tribal-dominated districts in the southern, northern and western parts of the state are regarded as endemic areas while the coastal districts are less affected by the disease.
The distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) has succeeded to control the outbreak of the disease and 36 lakh LLINs have already been distributed this year.
The state will procure 1.13 crore nets for free distribution mostly malaria prone areas, said the officials.
The government has successfully launched ‘Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran’ (DAMAN) scheme to provide access to services in the most remote and difficult-to-reach areas of the state and screen the entire population of the inaccessible areas and treat all positive cases with appropriates anti-malaria drugs.
‘With greater surveillance, more cases were detected and offered timely treatment.
As a result, the disease has claimed only two lives this year,’ said Yamini Sadangi, Additional secretary of Health and Family Welfare department.