Bhubaneswar,December 6 (LocalWire):Odisha is home to 15 percent of country’s malaria endemic districts even though the incidence of the vector-borne disease in the State has comparatively climbed down in the recent years.
Of the country’s 63 districts identified as the malaria’s hotbed, ten districts of Odisha figure in the inglorious list as per the latest statistics reeled out by the union health and family welfare ministry.
Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj and Nuapada have been identified as malaria endemic districts as per the ministry report.
However the silver lining of malaria survey report suggests that incidence of malaria and fatality cases is steadily on the downslide in the State.
66,311 malaria cases were reported in 2018 year, a substantial climb-down from 2017 when 3,47,860 cases were recorded.
In 2016 year, 4,44,843 malaria cases were diagnosed by government health agencies.
The malaria fatalities have also made a nosedive in past three years.
While 77 people died of malaria in 2016, the fatalities had come down to 24 in 2017. The 2018 year saw 24 people dying of malaria.
While as many as 21 out of 30 districts were identified as malaria endemic in 2016, the number of endemic districts dropped down to 10 in 2018, the statistical report pointed out.
The incidence of disease and rate of fatality has been controlled considerably due to prompt intervention by 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. 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, they added.