Berhampur, Jan 23 (LocalWire)The State government will distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLIN) in the highly endemic blocks of Ganjam district form next month to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases, including malaria, a senior health official said on Thursday.
District malaria officer R Jagadeesh Patnaik said as many as 1259 villages in eight out of 22 blocks have been identified as highly endemic areas for malaria.
The blocks include Patrapur, Dharakote, Digapahandi, Kukudakhandi, Sorada, Sheragada, Sanakhemundi and Bhanjanagar.
The government has sanctioned 3, 53,323 nets for distribution in these areas, he told LocalWire.
Out of these 11,609 nets will be distributed among the school students who stay in government-run hostels.
The long-lasting insecticide nets provide protection for about four years, he said.
Patnaik said the malaria cases in the district has drastically reduced in the last one year.
While 9,139 persons were found positive for malaria in 2018, their number dropped to 3390 in 2019.
The long-lasting insecticide nets will be distributed to make the district malaria-free, he added.