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Two panels soon for malaria-free Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: In a bid to make Odisha a malaria-free State, the authorities decided to set up sub-panels to take initiatives.

Two sub-committees will be set up soon for malaria-free Odisha, informed State Health Secretary Dr. Pramod Kumar Meherdha after chairing a state-level task force meeting here yesterday.

As per the decision at the meeting, the State will write to Centre seeking another 1.13 crore medicated mosquito nets in the second phase.

Notably, Odisha achieved major results in a short time span to fight against malaria.

Even, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its recent World Malaria Report 2018 has lauded Odisha government’s efforts in reducing the malaria death cases.

The State has registered a 24 percent decrease in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the WHO report.

The report suggests that malaria cases declined from 3,23,800 in 2017 (January-September) to 55,365 in 2018 for the same duration, along with a drop in deaths to single digits in Odisha.