Bhubaneswar: Odisha to distribute 20 lakh insecticidal mosquito nets in malaria prone areas of the State as as many as 23 districts are on fast march toward elimination of malaria.

DAMAN, the Odisha model for elimination of malaria in remove areas has been extended for coming ten years up to 2030-31, said the chief secretary, Asit Tripathy, who was chairing an inter-departmental coordination meeting on vector and water borne diseases, here on Tuesday.

The additional chief secretary, health, Pradeepta Moahaptra and special secretary Shalini Pandit presented the outline for the discussion.

Pandit said, “Because of targeted interventions, Odisha recorded 81% decline in Malaria cases during 2018 which further reduced by 41% in 2019. In the year 2017, total malaria positive case was 3,47,860 with death tool of 24. The total positive case further came down to 39,500 in 2019 and, up to 2020 April the total positive case was 11,302 with death toll of one.

“The Annual parasitic incidence (API) per thousand population was 10.06 in 2017 which came down to 0.88 in the year 2019. The districts of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur have been nominated for national award for ‘no malaria case’ during last two years. Presently, 23 districts of the State are on fast march towards elimination of malaria. The API rate in these 23 districts is below than one during last two years”, said the director public health Dr Ajit Mohanty